New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: 52 Films By Women: Paris Is Burning (1990)

By Andrea Thompson

It’s often remarked that great art comes from pain. Nowadays there’s sort of an addendum, in that said pain is often co-opted by the those in power. This was already well underway by the time Jennie Livingston’s documentary “Paris Is Burning” was released in 1990, which follows New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, and the many people who made it what it was.

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