The Cockettes (2002)

Genres - History, Theater  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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In the late '60s and early '70s, a San Francisco-based group of transvestite performers formed a talented troupe known as "The Cockettes." This documentary tells the story of the group's short but memorable existence. Directors Bill Weber and David Weissman utilize a wealth of archive footage to relate how George Harris became "Hibiscus" and formed the gender-bending troupe that would perform street theater. By the time they have their glorious off-Broadway debut, most of the original members had already left. In addition to the flamboyant performers, the directors show how their scene interrelated with the booming San Francisco counterculture. The Cockettes was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

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counter-culture, street-performers, transvestite, troupe