Jennie Livingston

Director, Photographer
Independent documentary filmmaker whose "Paris Is Burning" (1990) was an involving, compassionate exploration of the world of "vogueing," documenting the drag balls at which mostly black and Hispanic homosexuals and ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Director (3)

Who's on Top 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris Is Burning 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Who's the Top? (Movie)

(Director)
Sound (1)

Paris Is Burning 1991 (Movie)

sound recording (Sound)
Art Department (1)

Orphans 1987 (Movie)

art department assistant (Art Assistant)
Producer (1)

Paris Is Burning 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Paris Is Burning 1991 (Movie)

still photographer (Photography)

Biography

Independent documentary filmmaker whose "Paris Is Burning" (1990) was an involving, compassionate exploration of the world of "vogueing," documenting the drag balls at which mostly black and Hispanic homosexuals and transvestites act out their fantasies. "Paris" won the Los Angeles Film Critics' and the Sundance Film Festival awards for best documentary. Livingston described her film, made over a three-year period for $375,000, as about "how a group of people under siege--from poverty, from racial prejudice, from homophobic violence--triumph with wit, style and love."

Relationships

Richard Livingston

Father
CPA

Myra Livingston

Mother
children's book writer

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1983
won Sudler Prize, given yearly to one graduating senior in the arts, for her drawings and photographs

New York University

New York , New York 1985
studied film at the summer program

Milestones

1999

Premiered her work-in-progress "Who's the Top?", described as "the first lesbian S&M musical", at the Independent Feature Film Market

1990

Completed first feature, "Paris Is Burning" (about voguing; made on $375,000 budget); film first broacast on BBC (April)

1987

Acted as art department assistant on feature, "Orphans"

1986

Worked on Laurie Anderson's concert film, "Home of the Brave"

1985

Moved to New York from New Haven, CT; began observing voguers for first time; began work on first feature, "Paris Is Burning"

1983

Traveled extensively photographing people at parties, at rallies and in the streets (date approximate)

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