dir. Frank Simon, US, 1968, 35mm, color, 69 mins.
Introduced by Gustavus Stadler, Associate Professor of English, Haverford College
The Queen follows a cross-country drag competition organized by Flawless Sabrina that concludes in the Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant held at Town Hall in 1967. The Flawless Sabrina Archive contains film, sculpture, writing, photography, painting, and music; in addition to original work by Sabrina herself, the collection contains pieces by her contemporaries, whom Sabrina inspired or collaborated with, including the Kennedy's, Francesco Scavullo, John Waters, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, and Diane Arbus. The mission of FSA is to preserve the work of Flawless Sabrina as an historic cultural icon and raise awareness of transgender issues. FSA resides at the convergence of the past and present in countercultural subject matter, enriching society through the documentation of history and the empowerment of difference.
Flawless Sabrina is an artist, producer, activist, cultural icon, and Philadelphia native. Throughout the 1960's she ran a national drag enterprise and made the award winning documentary, The Queen. In the 1970's she worked as investigative journalist and continued her film career, consulting on and producing films in Hollywood. For the past twenty years Sabrina has worked in politics for LGBT equality. She is a muse for contemporary artists, and a legendary figure in American history.
Screened in conjunction with the exhibition Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archives and Aesthetics, October 21-December 11, 2016, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College. Curated by Jeanne Vaccaro and Stamatina Gregory, Bring Your Own Body is made possible with support from The Cooper Union and the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College.