SUNDAY, MAY 5
$9 members + students
Still from WILDNESS by Wu Tang
US, 2011, 73 min., Spanish/English with Spanish/English subtitles
Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, WILDNESS porttrays the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park area that has been a thriving part of the Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. Chronicling what happens to the bar when art student, Chicago transplant, and director Wu Tsang falls in love with the bar and sets up a weekly dance/performance art party, it raises the questions of how popular is too popular? What happens when the safe spaces in our community start to go mainstream?
Throughout the film we see the bar struggle with success as the clientele start to move away from its Latino working class, immigrant, and transgender base toward a more hipster audience that doesn’t always respect the original community.As media outlets begin to cover the immensely popular party, the new attention brings increased police surveillance and some of the regulars are deported.
Inspired by narrative documentaries such as Marlon Riggs’s Tongues Untied and Charles Atlas’s Hail the New Puritan, the film shows what can happen when such a precious and safe space is threatened by gentrification and its own growing popularity. Full of love, energy, pathos, and community, WILDNESS is the love story between a young, idealistic queer person in search of something, and the magical bar that takes him in and helps him grow up.
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