Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York Cityâs African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning
offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion âhouses,â from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans womenâincluding Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus XtravaganzaâParis Is Burning
brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.
- New conversation between Jennie Livingston, ball community members Sol Pendavis and Freddie Pendavis, and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris
- Over an hour of never-before-seen outtakes
- Audio commentary from 2005, featuring Jennie Livingston, ball community members Freddie Pendavis and Willi Ninja, and film editor Jonathan Oppenheim
- Episode of The Joan Rivers Show from 1991, featuring Jennie Livingston and ball community members Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Freddie Pendavis, and Willi Ninja
- An essay by filmmaker Michelle Parkerson and a 1991 review by poet and activist Essex Hemphill