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Cult classic “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” is FilmOut's monthly gem | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO – The cult classic “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” is expected to be a big draw Wednesday night at FilmOut San Diego’s monthly screening at the historic Birch North Park Theatre.

The 2001 Sundance Film Festival entry won awards for Best Director and Audience Favorite. It also won Outstanding Film (Limited Edition) at the 2002 GLAAD Media Awards.

John Cameron Mitchell stars at Hedwig, an East German transgender singer who heads a rock band on tour in the U.S. Born as Hansel, Hedwig reluctantly agrees to a sex change to marry an American soldier and flee the communist nation. But the operation is botched, and Hedwig ends up with an “angry inch.”

Reaching the U.S., however, Hedwig ends up divorced and living in a trailer park in Kansas. She hooks up with young Tommy Gnosis, played by Michael Pitt (Jimmy Darmody on “Boardwalk Empire”), who steals her songs and eventually becomes a big rock star. Much of the film focuses on Hedwig’s life story, told through a collage of songs, flashbacks and animation.

"I like 'Hedwig' because of it's high level energy with original music by Stephen Trask, and the script - which is hilarious, devastating, touching and relevant. To translate a stage piece into a feature film is not an easy task, but after numerous Sundance workshops, they transformed the medium from one form to another - brilliantly. Not to mention some impressive animation sequences and above all writer/director John Cameron Mitchell's Golden Globe nominated performance," said Michael McQuiggan, FilmOut's programming director.

"'Hedwig' has been on the radar for a monthly screening for several months, and FilmOut is proud to be showing this film for the first time since it premiered in San Diego over a decade ago! Hopefully we will be exposing some patrons to their first-ever screening of the film OR the first time seeing in a theater with an eager, enthusiastic audience," he said.

Mitchell directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Stephen Trask, based on the off-Broadway hit. Trask co-stars as Skszp, one of the band members.

Also look for Sook-Yin Lee, playing band guitarist Kwahng-Yi. She starred in Mitchell’s 2006 hit, “Shortbus,” which was a big draw at FilmOut’s monthly screening on Jan. 18.

Rosie O’Donnell plays herself in the film.

The details

FilmOut San Diego and Merrill Lynch present “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” at 7 pm Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased HERE.
FilmOut will be conducting a silent auction before the screening to raise money for its efforts to bring the best LGBT-themed movies to San Diego.

The mission of FilmOut San Diego is to enlighten, educate, and entertain the communities of San Diego County and beyond through the exhibition of LGBT-themed films. FilmOut San Diego seeks to recognize, promote, celebrate and support the important diverse artistic contributions LGBT filmmakers make to our community.