Run Time: 86 min Release Date: Apr 08, 2014 Year Produced: 2013 Rating: Not Rated Language: English/Closed Captions Directed by: Jeffrey Schwarz Starring: Divine (archival footage), Ricki Lake, John Waters, Tab Hunter, Mink Stole, Holly Woodlawn, Michael Musto, Bruce Vilanch
This film appeals to: Bi/Trans audiences, Gay audiences

Packed with great interviews and clips, this dynamic, fun and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine brings to life a complex understanding of John Waters’s favored muse.

I Am Divine is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s emotional complexities and rise to infamy.

Awards & Press Quotes

“Divine gets her own well-deserved spotlight.” — Peter Debruge, Variety

“An enjoyably naughty trip through Divine’s career.” — John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

“Captures the exuberant spirit of a time in which difference brought together like minds and changed attitudes.” — Mark James, Film School Rejects

“Just as garish, splashy, and loud as Divine himself.” — Drew Taylor, indieWire’s The Playlist

“A breathtaking and touching portrait of two people inside the same body.” — Joshua Brunstig, CriterionCast

WINNER:
Special Award – Overall Achievement – Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Spirit Award Winner – Documentary – Cinetopia International Film Festival
Audience Award – Best Documentary – FilmOut San Diego
Lifetime Achievement Award for Divine – FilmOut San Diego
Best Documentary Film – Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
Audience Award Winner – Best Documentary – Outtakes New Zealand
Audience Award – Best Feature Film – Out East Queer Film Festival
Audience Award – Cinema Q Denver
Festival Favorite – Cinema Diverse, Palm Springs
Best Documentary Feature – Arizona Underground Film Festival
Audience Award – Favorite Documentary – Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Best LGBT Film – Key West Film Festival
Audience Award: Best Documentary – Madrid International LGBT Film Festival