Portrait of Jason
A film by Shirley Clarke
An essential document of one queer, black man’s adventures in crazy, pre-Stonewall America.
Armed with an Éclair 16mm camera and the most basic sound and lighting equipment, Shirley Clarke and her small crew holed up in her Chelsea Hotel apartment for twelve hours with hustler, cabaret mainstay, and seasoned raconteur Jason Holliday. They emerged with some kind of masterpiece.
Before the camera, Holliday (né Aaron Payne of Trenton, New Jersey) spins the most rambunctious autobiography imaginable. Mixing treasured routines, dirty jokes, guilt-free confessions, and bullshit revelations, Holliday lies through his teeth to create the performance of a lifetime.
Newly restored by Milestone Films and the Academy Film Archive after an exhaustive search for the best surviving materials and a highly publicized Kickstarter campaign, Portrait of Jason remains an essential document of one queer, black man’s adventures in crazy, pre-Stonewall America.
Says more about race, class and sexuality than just about any movie before or since.
—Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
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- 105 mins
Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)
- Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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