First show: February 04

A gender-bending coming-of-age story of Rumi Missabu, the iconoclast co-founder of San Francisco’s infamous Cockettes. He left Hollywood 50 years ago on a quest for his true identity and found it in underground drag theater. Explore SF’s queer art past through his lurid tales in and out of the spotlight as he reinvents himself at the end of his life. Living off the grid from the age of 19, Rumi was a short-order cook, cleaned houses, and lived all over the country, amassing crazy adventures along the way.

Ruminating about his encounters with everyone from Tina Turner to Jane Russell, Andy Warhol, Cindy Williams and more, RUMINATIONS uncovers the man, James Bartlett, underneath the artist Rumi Missabu. Breaking down the fourth wall the film takes the audience on the surreal adventure that is Rumi’s story.

Directed by Robert James. 78 minutes. USA. 2017.


SF Indie Fest: RUMINATIONS: Upcoming Showtimes