“I am Divine” at SXSW Film: The Story of Drag Superstar Divine


I Am Divine is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters.

Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty.

With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s rise to infamy and emotional complexities.

Filmmaker’s Comments

I Am Divine is a story about a man who fought against what society considers conventionally beautiful. It’s about addiction. It’s about fame. It’s about the quest for the spotlight and artistic respect. Divine’s complete commitment to being and expressing himself perhaps did more to promote notions of freedom and acceptance than he knew. He certainly paved the way for legions of misfits to come.

Jeffrey Schwarz – Director/Producer

Jeffrey Schwarz’s previous films include HBO’s Vito, about the beloved gay activist and film scholar, Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, about the legendary Hollywood showman, and Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, on 70s adult film star Jack Wrangler. He is currently in production Tab Hunter Confidential, about the 1950s screen heartthrob.

The film will be previewing at SXSW Film Festival. Below are show times:

SXSW Screening Times

Saturday 3/9 – 9:15pm – Alamo Ritz 1&2

Wednesday 3/13 – 9:30pm – Stateside Theatre

Thursday 3/14 – 11:15am – SXSatellite: Alamo Slaughter