Charles Kleibacker Film Festival
Aug. 19 & Aug. 21, 2021

The ninth annual Charles Kleibacker Film Festival celebrates the legacy of a style icon through fashion-inspired film. This year, the Festival is proud to present Paris is Burning, a landmark documentary providing a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene.
Paris is Burning
A Film by Jennie Livingston, 77 minutes
Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? Made over seven years, Paris is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses”, from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. The film celebrates the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.
Tickets are $5 and support the Charles Kleibacker Endowed Fund for Excellence
Complimentary refreshments will be available
Thursday, August 19, 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 21, 2:00 PM


Poster shoot group photo, 1991
Courtesy of Janus Films

Please note that Paris is Burning is recommended for adult audiences, and limited seating is available. To guarantee a seat, please make a reservation early. Support for this program was generously provided by Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman and the Charles Kleibacker Endowed Fund for Excellence. Established to honor the Charles Kleibacker’s commitment to Columbus and to design, the Fund supports, among other things, public programs that address broad issues of art and culture.
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