Win Tickets ($40): 2013 Portland QDoc Queer Documentary Film Festival | 11 Films, Opening & Closing Parties, Mink Stole

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see ‘I Am Divine’ and ‘Interior, Leather Bar’ at the 2013 QDoc Queer Documentary Film Festival May 16-19, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend and which film. Winners will be drawn and emailed Thursday, May 16.

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2013 Portland QDoc Queer Documentary Film FestivalQDoc Queer Documentary Film Festival
May 16-19, 2013
Tickets for film-only: $10 general, $8 students and seniors
Tickets for film and Opening Night Reception: $25
Festival Pass: $75, includes all screenings and Opening Night Party
Full schedule of events & tickets at

Portland’s Queer Documentary Film Festival is back and bigger than ever. The 7th annual festival opens at McMenamins Bagdad Theater May 16 with the larger than life portrait of drag superstar Divine in I AM DIVINE presented with director Jeffrey Schwarz (VITO) and actress Mink Stole in attendance. Following Opening Night, the Festival continues through May 19 at McMenamins Kennedy School with ten documentaries that feature gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, transsexual and gender-questioning artists, lovers, activists and pioneers.

Divine, also known as Harris Glenn Milstead, or by People Magazine as “The Drag Queen of the Century,” was an American actor best known for starring in John Waters’ films (PINK FLAMINGOS, HAIRSPRAY, FEMALE TROUBLE). In Schwarz’s documentary, a host of friends, performers and actors, including frequent co-star Mink Stole, provide a behind the scenes account of Divine’s life (Divine died on March 7, 1988 just weeks after the cult-hit HAIRSPRAY was released) and talent that redefined underground cinema. Visiting artist Stole has had the distinction of starring in every feature film directed by John Waters, in most of them alongside Divine, as well as multiple independent films (BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER, LOST HIGHWAY).

Opening Night Tickets
Prior to the 8:00 p.m. opening night screening, there will be a reception with Jeffrey Schwarz and Mink Stole at the Bagdad Theater; $25 reception tickets include the film. Film-only tickets are $10. Festival Passes ($75) also provide admission to the reception. Following the screening the audience is invited to join QDoc at Backstage, located around the corner from the Bagdad Theater, for a no-host celebration.

May 17-19
Igniting the Friday line-up is the eco-documentary GOODBYE GAULEY MOUNTAIN that examines mountain top removal in the Appalachian Mountains. Directed by Beth Stephens with her partner, sex activist and performance artist Annie Sprinkle, who will both be in attendance. Following is INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR, a collaborative documentary made by Travis Matthews (I WANT YOUR LOVE, IN THEIR ROOM) and actor James Franco that was inspired by 40 minutes of controversial footage left out of the 1980 film CRUISING starring Al Pacino. Travis Matthews will be in attendance.

The Festival’s Saturday begins with BORN THIS WAY, a contemporary look at gay and lesbian citizens of Cameroon living in fear of arrest and persecution, attended by co-director Deb Tullman. Taking a look back at the lesbian rights movement of the seventies and eighties is LESBIANA: A PARALLEL REVOLUTION directed by French Canadian filmmaker Myriam Fougère. Another early gay pioneer artist, experimental filmmaker, poet and proto-faerie gets a heartfelt tribute in the documentary BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON. James Broughton’s remarkable life and influence on the indie film scene is brought to life by director Stephen Silha and local Portland filmmaker Eric Slade. Shot over six years, the documentary rounding out the Saturday line-up is MR. ANGEL, a profile of the transgender advocate, educator and porn pioneer, Buck Angel.

Sunday, the final day of QDoc, begins in the bayou. BAYOU MAHARAJAH explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” In the afternoon, the Festival gets wild, screening WILDNESS, about the generational interactions between a younger generation of club queers and Latino drag queens at neighborhood gay bar in Los Angeles. I AM WOMAN NOW offers reflections from 5 older European women who were part of the first generation of transsexuals who had their sex change in Casablanca back in the mid-1950s to 1960s.

Closing the Festival on Sunday evening is VALENTINE ROAD, a new HBO documentary that will air in the fall, about the in-school killing of a 15 year old gender-questioning boy by a 14 year old classmate and the aftermath and trial. This extraordinary real-life event has largely been unknown to the broader public until now. Director Marta Cunningham will be present.

Tickets for film-only: $10 general, $8 students and seniors
Tickets for film and Opening Night Reception: $25
Festival Pass: $75, includes all screenings and Opening Night Party
Advanced tickets available at

Opening Night screening and pre-reception venue May 16: McMenamins Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne
Post-Opening Night Party: Backstage Bar, 3702 SE Hawthorne
Festival venue May 17-19: McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave.

Thursday 8PM I AM DIVINE
Saturday 2:30PM BORN THIS WAY

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13 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): 2013 Portland QDoc Queer Documentary Film Festival | 11 Films, Opening & Closing Parties, Mink Stole

  1. Claire May 13, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I have been waiting forever for my opportunity to see I Am Divine! Pick meeee!

  2. Carri May 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    I’m super excited to see Born This Way.

  3. Brandon May 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    I’d love to see I Am Divine. Been a huge fan of her (and of John Waters) for a long time. I find their irreverent humor to be a refreshing contrast to the political correctness that so often prevails in queer culture.

  4. Louie Mars May 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I would LOVE to see the Divine Documentary and Mink Stole! Why!? Because I’m queer and I have no taste…And, I can take my straight housemate, whom I have a big crush on.

  5. Melissa May 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    would love to see the Divine Film and Born This Way!

  6. Mathew May 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    This looks like an awesome place to go! I want to take my lesbian girlfriend Lydia!

  7. jodi May 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    It has been a lifelong dream of mine to meet Mink Stole, as she gave me the means of fully accepting myself despite the hell fire damnation environment I was born and raised in. I am originally from 4 hours north of Baltimore, Maryland. I am from a religious family who sent me to southern baptist school from k-5 to 12th grade. Being bisexual, diagnosed with depression, and painfully introverted complicated my growing up years even more and added to how horrible I felt about myself. I felt like I was born broken; I felt like I was pathetic and mentally sick for my sexual orientation, which I always kept secret. This is why Mink Stole, Divine, and John Waters are all basically patron saints to me. At 14 I snuck out of my bedroom window with my best friend to go see Pink Flamingoes which was showing at the only independent theater in my area. It was a huge revelation for me. Seeing these women in films and just having the emotional and intellectual comfort that people who are different in so many ways like me not only existed but thrived, and in the BIBLE BELT!!!! And, on top of all that, and most importantly, they are proud of who they are; talented, successful, and all around saints to me and I am sure countless others who were in my boat. The influence Waters and his Dreamlanders have had on my emotional well-being and life decisions are immeasurable. Mink Stole is especially a lifelong hero of mine. She is the guardian angel I have never met in real life, but her positive influence on my life was and still is integral to who I am, and how I came to truly love myself. Her creative works address sexism, racism, agism, religion, and homophobia. I love this woman, and am ecstatic to hear that she is now involved in music. She is a national treasure, and makes me proud to be from the South. Thank you for reading.

    • jodi May 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      I am originally from 4 hours south of baltimore (on the nc va stateline). sorry about the snafu :(

  8. Omer May 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I’d love to see Mr. Angel.

  9. Andrew M. May 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    I would very much love to be considered for this drawing. Since moving here from Denver, I have not found much cohesiveness in the gay community here in PDX. I always enjoyed the Denver’s Cinema Q events in the past and always was a big supporter of their event. This is the first I’m hearing about Portland’s queer film fest.

  10. Ditty Nicolaides May 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Would LURVE to give these to my favorite gays in Portland!

  11. Wazz May 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m really excited for I Am Divine!

  12. Allie May 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Pick me because I’m nice enough to save you the sob story :)

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