The Queen

1968, U.S., 68m, DCP

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Screened June 6, 2022

In Simon’s outré yet fiercely compassionate all-access documentary (for which he was among the cinematographers) that presciently anticipates reality television, Manhattan’s Town Hall is to host the Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant. Behind the scene(s), the drag race’s organizers include Flawless Sabrina, who will MC. Contenders for the crown include International Chrysis, Rachel Harlow, and Crystal LaBeija; the latter later founded the House of LaBeija, paving the way for a new generation in Paris is Burning (also showing in this series).

A film by Frank Simon