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American Independent: A Focus on Shirley Clarke

Portrait of Jason

Shirley Clarke’s intimate documentary portrait of the charismatic hustler and performer Jason Holliday.

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USA 1967
Dir Shirley Clarke

Clarke’s best-known work is a portrait of African-American gay hustler and performer Jason Holliday. Shot for 12 straight hours one evening a few years before Stonewall, this pivotal documentary sees Holliday share his life story, from light anecdotes and performance acts to painful observations, with Clarke and collaborator Carl Lee’s presence off-screen. It’s a complex and groundbreaking piece of cinema history.


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