But I’m a Cheerleader

Monday, July 11, 2016

Post-film discussion with Katy Pyle!

Jamie Babbit’s cult comedy classic uses John Waters-style camp to skewer ex-gay conversion camps in hilarious fashion. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan, a lesbian cheerleader who’s sent to a reform camp filled with wacky characters played by RuPaul, Cathy Moriarty, Melanie Lynskey, and Eddie Cibrian. But it’s Clea DuVall’s Graham who steals Megan’s heart, forcing her to find self-acceptance. The film is a favorite of performance artist and Ballez artistic director Katy Pyle, who writes, “It’s the first film I saw that had actual lesbians playing lesbians. The work I do now is centered on having queer people playing queer roles, so it definitely relates to my practice.” Bring your pom-poms! 35mm print courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project.

  • Country USA
  • Rating R
  • Year 1999
  • Running Time 92 minutes
  • Director Jamie Babbit

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