Presented by Frameline, the Roxie & the GLBT Historical Society

50 Years Of Fabulous

Starts 10/23

Featuring virtual drag performances & a post-screening panel discussion.

50 YEARS OF FABULOUS recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world. Founded in San Francisco by renown activist, drag queen and performer Jose Sarria, the Council has helped shape LGBT life and social history in San Francisco and beyond throughout the last five decades. Sarria was also the first openly gay man to run for political office in the United States in 1961.

From its genesis as a critical public space for the community and capacity building of LGBT San Franciscans, to its vital role in the advocacy for LGBT human rights, 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS documents the full scope of the organization’s historical evolution up to its contemporary struggle in finding relevance — both in the wake of social progress it has helped foster, and in light of a newly empowered political coalition committed to rolling back a half-century of civil rights achievements.

Director/Writer/Editor: Jethro Patalinghug. Executive Producer: David Lassman. Producer: Marc Smolowitz. USA. 2019. 82 mins.

The Drag show will be presented ‘live’ over Zoom beginning at 7:00 pm PST on Friday Oct 23 and is only available/ viewable at that time. Frameline will  email the link to tune in to Zoom to ticketholders on Thursday evening – 24 hrs prior to showtime, and again 1 hour prior to showtime on Friday.

Khmera Rouge (Absolute Empress L)
Emma Peel (Absolute Empress LI)
Mercedez Munro (Absolute Empress LII)
Pollo Del Mar (Absolute Empress LIII)

Mimi Osa ( Reigning Empress)
Drag Show hostesses: Khmera Rouge & Mimi Osa

Drag Activism Then & Now: Celebrating the Imperial Court of San Francisco and the International Court System

David Lassman (Executive Producer, 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS |  Chablis, Absolute Empress XXXVI )
William Bulkley ( Reigning emperor After Norton)
Khmera Rouge (Absolute Empress L)
Donna Sachet (Absolute Empress XXX )
Nicole Murray-Ramirez ( Empress Nicole the Great, The Queen Mother of the Americas)
Panel Moderated by Frameline Senior Programmer Peter L. Stein

The film and panel will be asynchronous and available to watch through end of November anywhere in North America. Once you click play you have 72 hours to finish watching the program.

Price: $10.00. Roxie Members: $7.00  (50% of proceeds support The Roxie Theater)

Rental Period: 72 hours.

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