Jennie Livingston

Active - 1990 - 2006  |   Born - Feb 24, 1962   |   Genres - Culture & Society, Film, TV & Radio

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Filmmaker Jennie Livingston made the independent feature-length documentary Paris Is Burning (1990) a fascinating and moving look into the world of New York African-American and Latino homosexuals who express their feelings, about being forced to live on the fringe of society, by holding elaborately staged drag balls and "vogue," a stylized dance rivalry. The film earned "Best Documentary" awards at the Sundance Festival and from the Los Angeles Film Critics.