John Waters is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, author, journalist, visual artist, and art collector. He is also the author of the best-selling books Role Models (2010) and Carsick (2014). His spoken word shows This Filthy World and A John Waters Christmas continue to be performed around the world. He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films, especially Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living, which he has called the Trash Trilogy, as well as (slightly) more mainstream films Polyester and Hairspray, which was turned into a Broadway hit. In his newest book Mr. Know-It-All (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Waters dishes it up well-done, and done more than once. He features cameos by a cast of dozens, from Divine, Mink Stole and Johnny Depp, to Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and includes photos from the author’s personal collection. In The New York Times Book Review, Alan Cumming noted “That John Waters is a national treasure is a surety. Period. Thank you and good night . . . [Mr. Know-It-All] shows a vulnerability and an honesty and an almost frantic desire to impart to us, before he can no longer, his manic mantras, his obsessive treatises and his biting and blisteringly honest bons mots that are actually really enlightening life lessons.”
Waters will be in conversation with Juan Barquin, co-creator and programmer of the queer film series Flaming Classics. He is also Miami-based writer and film critic whose work has appeared in Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Hyperallergic, LA Weekly, and more.
Tickets are $20 and will be required for admission to this presentation. Seating with a ticket is on a “first come, first served” basis. Seats will only be held up to ten (10) minutes before the start of the session. Tickets for unfilled seats will be distributed to the standby line on a first come first served basis.