Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Synopsis for "Nelly Queen: The Life & Times of Jose Sarria

Nelly Queen: The Life & Times of Jose Sarria - Scene recreations of the closing of The Black Cat Cafe (shot on location in Los Angeles - 2016).


"Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria", 90 minute digital feature documentary examining the social, cultural and political legacy of Jose Sarria, the world's first openly gay man to run for public office. Exploring his struggles amid post WWII San Francisco through interviews, never-before-seen footage, the film will harness Jose Sarria's bold spirit to expose his tragic, valiant and inspiring story. At the unexpected intersection between politics and high camp, Nelly Queen will reveal an intimate portrait of the Latino civil rights pioneer whose heroic drag has long been overlooked as a cornerstone of the gay rights movement.
Nelly Queen: the Life and Times of Jose Sarria is a feature documentary on the life of Jose Sarria, the first openly gay American to run for public office in 1961. The drag cabaret performer was an early and leading champion for equality for the homosexuals in San Francisco 15 years before Stonewall. The 90-minute documentary revolves around personal footage taken by Sarria's close friend and Executive Producer, Joe Castel, spanning 23-years from 1992 to 2013.