Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Some critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.
The film has become a seminal work among LGBTQ and Gender studies programs to discuss and debate.
Our screening of this film would include a Q&A with the Director facilitated by Anuj Vaidya, a professor in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program. The Event is also sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and the Filmmaking Program.
Q&A with director with professor Anuj Vaidya, professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
The event is co-sponsored by LGBTQ Center Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, and the President's Commission on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity
The Film Institute at Montclair State is dedicated to the preservation, growth and experience of the art of film. The Films and Filmmakers series is a weekly program that features filmmakers who come to speak about their work and profession. The series, open to both University students and the general public, welcomes audience questions while being a unique forum to hear inside stories from some of the most innovative filmmakers working in the field today.