The Advocate's 18 Favorite Films at Outfest 2013
BY Daniel Reynolds Sunnivie Brydum and Diane Anderson-Minshall
July 11 2013 3:00 AM ET
I Am Divine
Sunday, July 14, 9:30 p.m. at DGA 1
Jeffrey Schwarz is no stranger to the art of the documentary. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker opened Outfest last year with Vito, a stellar portrayal of the gay rights activist Vito Russo. This year, he returns to Outfest with another portrait of a gay legend, I Am Divine, which chronicles the life and times of one of America’s most famous and controversial drag queens. Divine is perhaps best known as John Waters’ muse — the drag queen who, in her quest to become the filthiest person in the world, ate dog feces in the cult classic Pink Flamingos. But Schwarz literally cuts the crap, providing a candid portrait of the man behind the makeup — Harris Glenn Milstead — and his rise from an overweight and effeminate child from the Baltimore suburbs to “Drag Queen of the Century,” as dubbed by People magazine. The documentary includes interviews with John Waters, Ricki Lake, Bruce Vilanch, Tab Hunter, Michael Musto, and many more of Divine’s friends and contemporaries.