The DOC-O-RAMA series screens five documentaries celebrating those who were bold enough to call for change–through personal growth, style, community, social justice or culture. The series is presented by PAM CUT and tickets can be purchased individually ($12) or as a series pass ($45-$55).
Workhorse Queen from director Angela Washko, a 2021 Sustainability Labs Fellow, starts off the series Friday, September 16, 7 pm. It explores the complexities of reality TV’s impact on queer performance culture by focusing on the growing divide between members of a small town drag community. By day, Ed Popil worked as a telemarketer; by night he transformed into drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis. After seven years of auditioning, Popil was cast on Ru Paul’s Drag Race and thrust into a full-time entertainment career at age 44.
Saturday, September 17 has a double feature starting at 12 pm with All Man: The International Male Story. Gene Burkard, a once-closeted GI, found freedom in San Diego where he transformed men’s fashion into something cosmopolitan, carefree and trend-setting. The International Male mail-order catalog generated millions in revenue and changed the way men would look at themselves, at each other and how the world would look at them.
Following that at 3 pm is Wilderness, about Silver Platter, a Latino LA LGBTQ+ bar. The documentary integrates elements of fiction and documentary structures to vividly portray director Wu Tsang’s multi-layered relationship with the bar and explores her role as an artist and activist.
The final two documentaries run Friday, September 23, 7 pm and Friday, September 30, 6 pm. Aggie explores the nexus of art, race and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. She is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists–particularly women and people of color–and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues.
In the final installment of the series, Moonage Daydream is a cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative, spiritual and musical journey with never-before-seen footage and performances spanning his 54-year career. The film includes 40 exclusively remastered Bowie songs and is the first film ever sanctioned by the Bowie Estate, with local access to the artist’s archives.
All screenings take place in Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets and additional details at bit.ly/DocORama.