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Directed by: Jeffrey Schwarz

Featuring: Divine, John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Holly Woodlawn, Tab Hunter

When I was very little, I remember my mom watching the original Hairspray on VHS and I was fascinated by one particular character. She was just so loud and over-the-top, and at the end of the film she's so much larger than life. It was several years later before I discovered that the sequined, brash woman wasn't a biological woman at all, and that was my introduction to Harris Glenn "Divine" Milstead (and consequently, I've been infatuated with drag culture for as long as I can remember). So when I heard about the upcoming documentary I Am Divine, touting itself as the definitive biopic of the ultimate diva, I knew that it was a must-see on my SXSW 2013 list.

The documentary, directed by Jeff Schwarz (who also made the fantastic William Castle doc Spine Tingler! »

- Amanda Rebholz

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