Paris Is Burning Documentary Begins Two-Week NYC Screening at Film Forum

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Jennie Livingston’s landmark documentary about Harlem’s drag ball scene in the 1980s has been newly restored by Janus Films.
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Pose fans take note, the groundbreaking 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning makes a rare return to the big screen for a two-week engagement at New York City’s Film Forum beginning June 14.

Shot over seven years in the mid-1980s, documentary filmmaker Jennie Livingston captures the vibrant culture and deeply human experiences of New York City’s LGBTQ African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene.

The landmark film serves as the inspiration for the acclaimed FX series Pose, which features a host of theatre actors, including Kinky Boots Tony winner Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez (Rent), as well as season two guest star, two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy).

The two-week Film Forum run also includes a series of talkbacks and special guests, including a Q&A with Livingston and cast members Sol Pendavis and Freddie Pendavis June 15 at 7:25 PM. Additional events include a 7:10 PM screening June 19 featuring an introduction by cast member Robbie St. Laurent and a Q&A with Livingston June 22 at 5:10 PM.

Film Forum is located at 209 Houston Street. Visit for schedules and tickets.

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