A film depicting a self-described “seminal cult figure,” chain-smoking raconteur and founding member of San Francisco’s legendary hippie-era drag performance ensemble, the Cockettes.
Meet Rumi Missabu, a self-described “seminal cult figure,” chain-smoking raconteur, and founding member of San Francisco’s legendary hippie-era drag performance ensemble, the Cockettes. This wildly imaginative documentary recountsRumi’s life, from his abusive childhood through his decade-spanning career as an influential queer singer and theater artist. Now in his 70s, Rumi looks back without regret, even when he’s laughingly discussing his own mortality.
The documentary features loving, and sometimes lurid, tributes by a host of luminaries, including gay photojournalist Dan Nicoletta, Obie-winning queer performance artist Taylor Mac, and Cindy Williams, star of the 1970s TV classic, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY. Award-winning documentarian James stages fantastical transitions and animated sequences. He re-imagines three of Rumi’s most intimate relationships as vintage sitcoms, and he employs wide-ranging theater clips from 1960s “happenings” to puppet shows. In short, he bends genres as avidly and playfully as Rumi bends gender! It’s a fitting, life-affirming tribute to a one-of-a-kind queer elder.
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The Way OUT West Film Festival returns to Albuquerque Friday, Oct. 12 to Thursday, Oct. 18. Formerly known as the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, this international showcase for features, documentaries and shorts has been running since 2003. The opening night Showcase Film (playing Oct. 12 at 7pm) is Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary Studio 54, which charts the rise and fall of New York’s legendarily hedonistic disco hotspot Studio 54. That’s followed (at 9:30pm) by a screening of John Waters’ 1981 cult film Polyester, starring Divine and Tab Hunter. The closing night film (Oct. 18 at 8:45pm) is Ondi Timoner’s biopic Mapplethrope, starring Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) as the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In between you can choose international dramas like Eva + Candela (Cómo te Llamas?) from Colombia, documentaries like the feminist filmmaker chronicle Dykes, Camera, Action! and queer comedies such as the French rom-com Kiss Me! The popular shorts compilations “Fun in Girl’s Shorts” and “Where the Boys Are” also make a return appearance. Tickets are $11 per film or $9 for Way OUT West members. Four-film punchcards run $40, eight-film punchcards are $75, and $125 gets you a full festival pass. All screenings take place at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). For a complete schedule of films and times, go to wayoutwestfilmfest.com.