Tara Hole to impersonate Joan Crawford at monthly screening, pose for pictures
SAN DIEGO – FilmOut San Diego brings back the 1981 cult classic “Mommie Dearest” next week, but will be showing its monthly screening on a day other than the usual Wednesday night.
Due to another booking at the historic Birch North Park Theatre, FilmOut will be screening the movie on Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 pm. A large audience is expected, and FilmOut has several surprises in store for its fans. One is a big announcement that will remain secret until just before the screening, another will be an ongoing video contest, and the other one will be a star turn by Joan Crawford impersonator Tara Hole.
Michael McQuiggan, FilmOut’s programming director, cites three reasons why he thinks "Mommie Dearest" is such a big hit with LGBT audiences:
"1. Faye Dunaway's brilliant, over-the-top, Razzie-nominated performance of the iconic screen queen Joan Crawford. This film had a cult audience, even weeks after it premiered back in 1980."
"2. The quotable dialogue has the most camp quotes that even people not aware of this film or Joan Crawford would recognize."
"3. One of the top cult exploitation classics of all time!"
Dunaway's outrageous performance as the legendary Joan Crawford and the campy tone encouraged by director Frank Perry make the movie a laugh-filled hoot, and there is nothing funnier than watching the film with the LGBT audience.
The film is based on the scathing autobiography, “Mommie Dearest,” by the movie star’s daughter Christina Crawford, who along with her brother Christopher were left out of the will “for reasons which are well known to them.” Both children were adopted by Crawford, and both were saddled with a miserable life behind the gates of the Crawford manse, called the “Most Beautiful House in Brentwood.”
Like the book, the movie shows how Joan Crawford was consumed by problems with her men and her alcohol as well as being overwhelmed by the pressures of stardom and running a business empire. Her children became the target of her rage, according to the memory of her daughter.
In the movie, Diana Scarwid plays the adult Christina and Mara Hobel plays her as a child. Xander Berkeley plays Christopher. Look for Howard Da Silva as legendary producer Louis B. Mayer and Steve Forrest as Greg Savitt.
The campy movie produced some of the greatest lines in Hollywood, such as this infamous scene in which Crawford tells off the corporate guys in the Pepsi boardroom:
“Don't fu*k with me fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo.”
Then there these immortal lines:
“No wire hangers! What's wire hangers doing in this closet when I told you no wire hangers, ever?! I work and I slave until I'm half dead, and all I hear people say is she's getting old. And what do I get? A daughter who cares as much about the beautiful dresses I give her as she cares about me! What's wire hangers doing in this closet?!”
“Tina, bring me the ax!”
“Don't you ever use that tone of voice again with me, Missy. Who do you think you're talking to?”
“When I told you to call me that, I wanted you to mean it.”
Tara Hole to impersonate Joan Crawford ... part of video contest
Joan Crawford impersonator Tara Hole will be in the theater lobby, from 6:30 to 7 pm and after the screening, to pose for pictures on the “red carpet.”
"Tara Hole will emcee the evening as Miss Joan Crawford," McQuiggan said. "Prepare yourselves! Audience interaction, recreation of the Pepsi boardroom scene and fun for all to enjoy for this FilmOut encore performance!"
FilmOut will be encouraging audience members to use their smart phones to capture video of Tara Hole's performance and submit video as part of a contest. The winner will receive two festival passes to FilmOut San Diego's 15th annual LGBT Film Festival in late May and early June, and the winning video will be posted on the FilmOut San Diego YouTube channel and FilmOut website.
The video contest will continue monthly through April.
7 pm Monday, Jan. 14
Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. in North Park The theater entrance is on 29th Street.
Tickets are $10 at the box office or HERE.
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