"BEAUTIFUL BY NIGHT" 
Duration: 
28:52
Featuring: Olivia HartCollette LeGrandeDonna 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 OutSlateFeature ShootHuffington Post, The Washington Post, Beautiful Decay, The Bold Italic, Dangerous Minds, Mother Jones, Paperand 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.


Collette LeGrande at home. 

Collette LeGrande at home. 

Olivia Hart at home. 

Olivia Hart at home. 

Donna Personna at home. 

Donna Personna at home. 

Collette LeGrande hails a cab.

Collette LeGrande hails a cab.

Olivia Hart performs at Aunt Charlie's. 

Olivia Hart performs at Aunt Charlie's. 

Donna Personna performs at Aunt Charlie's. 

Donna Personna performs at Aunt Charlie's. 

Olivia Hart after the show on Market Street.

Olivia Hart after the show on Market Street.