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Kevin Heffernan (writer) and
Steve Yeager (written by)
The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a... See more » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

John Waters ... Himself
Pat Waters ... Herself (as Patricia Waters)
John Waters Sr. ... Himself

Steve Buscemi ... Himself

Mink Stole ... Herself
Steve Waters ... Himself - John Waters' brother
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Himself

George Kuchar ... Himself

Mike Kuchar ... Himself

Pat Moran ... Herself
Bill Landis ... Himself - author
George Figgs ... Himself
Ken Jacobs ... Himself
Mary Avara ... Herself, the last film censor in America
Lou Cedrone Jr. ... Himself - former film critic
Fred Hanna ... Himself - retired priest (as Rev. Fred Hanna)
Don Walls ... Himself - Baltimore film and theater critic
Peter Garey ... Himself - Quality Film Labs

Jim Jarmusch ... Himself
George Udell ... Himself, movie exhibitor (as George Udel)
Bruce Goldstein ... Himself - Film Forum
Steve Yeager ... Himself

Divine ... Himself (archive footage)
Carol Butler ... Herself - friend
Frances Milstead ... Herself
Harvey Alexander ... Himself - Historian
Vincent Peranio ... Himself
Van Smith ... Himself
Glenn Belverio ... Himself
Christine Mason ... Herself
Laurence Kardish ... Himself
Dennis Dermody ... Himself
Bob Adams ... Himself
Stephen Winter ... Himself
Jack Walsh ... Himself
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Herself
Channing Wilroy ... Himself
Brad Ganson ... Himself (Interviewee)

Paul Morrissey ... Himself
Linda Olgeirson ... Herself
Susan Walsh ... Herself
Bill Porter ... Himself
Richard Kern ... Himself

David O. Russell ... Himself
George Mansour ... Himself - film consultant
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself

John Pierson ... Himself

Robert Shaye ... Himself
Alison Gartner ... Herself - Clinical psychologist
Ben Barenholtz ... Himself
J. Hoberman ... Himself

Hal Hartley ... Himself
Justin Frank ... Himself - psychoanalyst
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Lochary ... Himself

Edith Massey ... Herself (archive footage)
Jonas Mekas ... Himself
Danny Mills ... Himself
Paul Swift ... Himself (archive footage)
Alec Webb ... Himself - Interviewer (archive footage)

Directed by
Steve Yeager 
Writing credits
Kevin Heffernan (writer)

Steve Yeager  written by

Produced by
Kevin Heffernan .... associate producer
Tim Kahoe .... executive producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Cindy Miller .... producer
Brooks T. Moore .... executive producer (as Brooks Moore)
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Steve Yeager .... producer
Thomas W. Yeager .... executive producer
Original Music by
Donald Barto Sr.  (as Don Barto)
Cinematography by
Jeff Atkinson 
Jim Harris 
Steve Yeager 
Film Editing by
Terry Campbell 
Tim Kahoe 
Steve Yeager 
Sound Department
Ted Ayd .... sound
Donald Barto Sr. .... sound (as Don Barto)
Terry Campbell .... sound
Jim Harris .... sound
William L. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Bill Porter .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
John Kavanaugh .... additional photographer
Fil Sibley .... camera operator
Sheila Smith .... additional photographer
Music Department
David Rona .... musician: guitarist
Other crew
Kevin Heffernan .... historical consultant

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec)
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Mary Vivian Pearce:He
Mary Vivian Pearce:acted out all the parts himself at rehearsals and we just tried to imitate him, the way he was doing it. He was better than anybody!
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Really good, but there needs to be so much more..., 29 September 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This documentary is about the influences that led to the films of John Waters as well as in-depth discussions of his early work. I particularly enjoyed seeing the parents of Waters and Divine's mother being interviewed because they seemed so normal and nice! Other interviews, the use of archival footage (for those who have since died, such as David Lochary, Divine and Edith Massey) and film clips all make up DIVINE TRASH.

In viewing the documentary, you'd almost swear that Waters stopped making films after PINK FLAMINGOS--at least until he made PECKER two and a half decades later. I say this because almost no mention at all is made of any of the films in between other than a very brief clip from FEMALE TROUBLE and DESPERATE LIVING. I understand why this wasn't done--the film was only 96 minutes long, but it still seemed a bit remiss for neglecting to even mention the other films or talk about how the director made the odd transition from beyond the fringe to mainstream.

However, I won't be a total party-pooper. What I did see, I really liked--but I was sure left wanting to see so much more as well as hear about his stock actors. Divine was discussed in some depth, but the others really seemed unimportant--and this is far from true.

Maybe this should be made as a mini-series or perhaps have a sequel or two.

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