"BEAUTIFUL BY NIGHT"
Duration: 28 min 52 sec
Featuring: Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, Donna Personna
Director / Editor: James Hosking
Director of Photography: Vanessa Carr
Re-Recording Mixer: Miik Dinko
Producers: Jeremy Lybarger & James Hosking
"This is one of those rare short movies that proves how utterly enthralling good cinema can be." – SF Weekly
Beautiful By Night follows a trio of older drag performers who work at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, a bar in San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin neighborhood. Both the film and its accompanying photo series explore these performers’ ritualistic transformations, along with themes of aging, labor, and self-acceptance.
The film has been featured on Out, Slate, Feature Shoot, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Beautiful Decay, The Bold Italic, Dangerous Minds, Mother Jones, Paper, and was chosen as a Staff Pick on Vimeo.
The film has screened at the 2015 Boston LGBT Film Festival, Frameline39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015 American Psychological Association Film Festival, 2015 Transfluential Film Festival, and the 2015 Atlanta Docufest. It received a Platinum Award from the 2015 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards.
The film was part of a special sold-out screening featuring performances and a panel discussion at the Tenderloin Museum and at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.