Source: Entertainment Weekly
For the past 28 years, “Paris Is Burning” filmmaker Jennie Livingston has watched her seminal documentary help clear a path for the next generation of queer projects — from RuPaul’s “Drag Race” to “Pose” — to follow into the mainstream spotlight.
Now, as the nonfiction masterpiece — which follows a group of black and Latinx drag performers and trans women as they explore their art on the Harlem ballroom scene in late 1980s New York City — resurges with a special theatrical restoration cut, Livingston is revealing a colleague’s idea for a spinoff she says is too painful to put in motion.
“A good friend of mine was always like, ‘I think we should make a film about the murder of Venus and try and solve it,’” Livingston tells Entertainment Weekly, referencing the death of “Paris is Burning” subject Venus Xtravaganza, an eccentric trans woman and performance artist who was found strangled to death in a hotel room in 1988, three years before the film hit theaters. Her killer was never found,
Read the interview at Entertainment Weekly.
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