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50 YEARS OF FABULOUS will have its WORLD PREMIERE as the OPENING NIGHT FILM at this year's 11th Annual QDoc Film Festival in Portland on May 17th! QDoc is the only festival in the U.S. devoted exclusively to LGBTQ documentaries. Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Jethro Patalinghug, 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world. Founded in San Francisco by renowned activist, drag queen and performer Jose Sarria, the Council has helped shaped LGBT life and social history in San Francisco and beyond throughout the last five decades. #QDOC2018 #QDocFilmFest #PDXFilm #50YearsOfFab
50 Years of Fabulous: The Imperial Council story screens at QDoc on May 17th at 7:30pm. Executive Producer David Lassman, Director Jethro Patalinghug & Producer Marc Smolowitz will be in attendance for a Q&A to follow the screening, along with other special guests from the cast and crew. Get tickets now: 👉 http://bit.ly/50YearsOfFabulous
50 YEARS OF FABULOUS (A WORK-IN-PROGRESS)
THU NOV 16, 19:00
FILM, 91, FREE
dir. Jethro Patalinghug / USA 2017 work in progress / 70'
A rich, historical documentary about the oldest surviving LGBT charity organisation in the world, The Imperial Council of San Francisco, which has been playing a vital role in the advocacy for LGBTIQA+ human rights for 50 years through the leadership and fundraising of its fabulous (drag) Empress and Emperor.
Did you know that San Francisco has an Emperor and/or Empress (depending on the year)? However this isn’t your usual dictatorial regent, as they’re democratically elected
Being homosexual was still illegal in the U.S., yet José Sarria introduced the Imperial Council of San Francisco (ICSF) as a campy social club governed by drag queens and open to gay men, lesbians, transgendered people, bisexuals and all allies.
For nearly 50 years, the Imperial Council has been raising money for LGBT causes -- to battle discrimination, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness. According to the Imperial Council’s recent video, there are now 68 similar courts worldwide today.