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Jennifer Merin

Mardi Gras Drag Queens Documentary at Quad

By October 9, 2011

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Now playing at New York's Quad Cinema, The Sons of Tennessee Williams shows how gay activists in New Orleans created gay Mardi Gras krewes and staged drag celebrations that defied local laws against homosexual gatherings, and furthered the cause of gay rights -- back in the 1960s.

Filmmaker Tom Wolfe's first documentary feature is an impressive and entertaining compilation of archival footage, supported with current interviews with the Southern gentlemen who are featured it.

Fascinating history. Great costumes.

So, there's no need to wait for Halloween on Christopher Street to see spectacular drag. Get thee to the Quad!

If you're not in New York, The Sons of Tennessee Williams will screen in other venues across the country. And, it will eventually be released on DVD by First Run Features.

Meanwhile, read my full review.

(PHOTO: 'The Sons of Tennessee Williams' Poster Art. Courtesy First Run Features.)

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