The Sons of Tennessee Williams

The Sons of Tennessee Williams
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True Stories
Monday, January 10, 1:00 PM
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The Sons of Tennessee Williams
USA, 2010, 75 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Gay/Lesbian, History, Political
Program: True Stories
Language: English

Mardi Gras, drag balls and politics–-where else could these elements come together but in New Orleans? Interweaving archival footage and contemporary interviews in the great tradition of films such as Paris is Burning and The Cockettes, The Sons of Tennessee Williams charts the evolution of the gay Mardi Gras krewe scene over the decades, illuminating the ways in which its emergence was a seminal factor in the cause of gay liberation in the south.

Having come of age in New Orleans in the 1940s and 50s, gay krewe members reminisce fondly about being inspired by the opulence of the Mardi Gras festivities, and how through their activities, they became a powerful force in city politics. Krewe members--many of them now in their 70s and 80s--recount how the krewe scene created a safe space to gather at a time of vice crackdowns on gay clubs. As the krewe members aged, their concerns changed to deal with the toll of AIDS and Katrina on the community, and the importance of passing the torch to a younger generation. But always, there were the lavish balls, where, with oversized wigs and outrageous costumes, these unlikely political activists strut their stuff in grand style.

Director and Interviewee to attend screening on 1/10

Producer: Tim Wolff
Editor: Tim Wolff
Cinematographer: Eric Adkins
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: wolffhouse INC -

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