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Paris is Burning returns to movie theaters this summer

Paris is Burning returns to movie theaters this summer

Paris Is Burning selected for preservation by National Film Registry

Paris is Burning is set to return to movie theaters in the US this summer.

The acclaimed and much-loved documentary first hit theater screens in August 1990. In 2016, the US Library of Congress chose it as one of the few movies deserving of preservation in the United States National Film Registry. It deemed the documentary ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’

Following a number of Latinx and African American participants, Paris is Burning documents the queer ballroom scene in New York in the late 1980s.

The movie is widely credited with bringing the ballroom scene and vogueing to worldwide attention. In recent years, the period has enjoyed a renewed interest following the success of the Ryan Murphy-produced show, Pose.

Paris is Burning stars

Among those to feature in Paris is Burning were Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza, along with their associated ‘houses’. Houses are composed of friends who take part in ballroom contests together and support one another.

Several of those featured have since died. The movie was made at a time when HIV and AIDS cut a swathe through LGBTI communities.

Director Jennie Livingston has overseen a digital restoration of the movie. She began shooting the movie when still a film student at New York University.

According to a press release from Janus Films, the movie will return to Film Forum in NYC on 14 June for a two-week run, before rolling out to selected theaters nationwide.

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