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But I'm a Cheerleader

Katy Pyle

But I'm a Cheerleader

(1999, Jamie Babbit)

But I'm a Cheerleader


Jamie Babbit’s cult comedy classic uses John Waters-style camp to skewer ex-gay conversion camps in hilarious fashion. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan, a lesbian cheerleader who’s sent to a reform camp filled with wacky characters played by RuPaul, Cathy Moriarty, Melanie Lynskey, and Eddie Cibrian. But it’s Clea DuVall’s Graham who steals Megan’s heart, forcing her to find self-acceptance. The film is a favorite of performance artist and Ballez artistic director Katy Pyle,who writes, “It’s the first film I saw that had actual lesbians playing lesbians. The work I do now is centered on having queer people playing queer roles, so it definitely relates to my practice.” Bring your pom-poms!

Screened: July 11, 2016


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