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Paris is Burning

1 hrs. & 18 mins. Free

Mon, Jun 24th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm


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In the month of June, Virginia Pride has partnered with The Byrd Theatre & Foundation for a queer film series celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

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Theatrical poster for Paris is Burning
Suggested Donation $4

About This Movie

Directed by Jennie Livingston and originally released in the US on January 1st, 1991


Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, PARIS IS BURNING offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion "houses," from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women — including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza.


Pepper LaBeija, Octavia St. Laurent, Venus Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey, Willi Ninja, Paris Dupree, Freddie Pendavis, Sol Williams Pendavis, Junior LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza, and David the Father Xtravaganza