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Outfest's superstars and bright young things

The Arts | SCREENING ROOM

July 08, 2004|Kevin Thomas | Times Staff Writer

Jackie Curtis (1947-1985) is best remembered as an Andy Warhol superstar. But he resisted all labels in his personal and professional lives, saying that he was Jackie Curtis before and after Warhol and that was why he survived -- until succumbing to the drugs that fueled and consumed him. That he was much more than a performer, regardless of sexual persona, is made abundantly clear in his friend Craig B. Highberger's loving and wide-ranging documentary, "Superstar in a Housedress." A poet and a playwright, Curtis skewered sexuality in gleeful travesties with homages to such camp icons as Maria Montez and strong divas like Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck. Lily Tomlin, who narrates the film, and La Mama theater's legendary Ellen Stewart, who produced some of Curtis' outrageous plays, are but two of the many people who took him seriously as an artist.

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Outfest

Selected screenings

* "Bright Young Things," 9 p.m. Monday, Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

* "Wild Side," 7 p.m. Monday, Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Directors Guild.

* "Beautiful Boxer," 10 p.m. Friday, Regent Showcase, 614 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood.

* "Brother to Brother," 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Directors Guild.

* "Tying the Knot," 5 p.m. Saturday, Directors Guild.

* "Superstar in a Housedress," 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Directors Guild.

Contact: (213) 480-7065; www.outfest.org

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