John Waters Brings “This Filthy World” Tour to Edinboro

The Edinboro Film Series, in cooperation with Identity and Edinboro University Student Government Association is pleased to announce their Spotlight Filmmaker for spring: acclaimed writer and director John Waters. Mr. Waters will be performing an all-new version of his solo stand-up performance, This Filthy World, on Thursday April 4th, 2013.

John Waters is a cultural icon. An American filmmaker, actor, stand-up comedian, writer, journalist, visual artist, and avid art collector. Waters’ one-man show is a “vaudeville” act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.” Focusing in on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of the contemporary art world, this joyously devious monologue elevates all that is trashy in life into a call to arms to “filth followers” everywhere.

Edinboro Film Series director John C. Lyons said “John Waters is a name that has kept reappearing on my wish-list for the Edinboro Film Series ever since I started it seven years ago. He’s a perfect fit in our program’s eclectic history. To say I am excited about this event is an understatement.”


Edinboro Film Series presents JOHN WATERS: THIS FILTHY WORLD

Thursday April 4th, 2013 8:30PM

Louis C. Cole Memorial Auditorium at Edinboro University


Tickets: Free for Edinboro University students (must have a ticket to attend). General Admission: $10 pre-sale $15 at the door. Available online at Will call by phone at 814-732-1048 [8a.m. – 4p.m., daily]. Tickets are also available at the SGA Convenience Store located on the 2nd Floor of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center on the campus of Edinboro University.

Posters created for the event by area artist Andy Flatley will be available for purchase and autographs at the event. Proceeds of which will be donated to the LGBT Resource Center.

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John Waters (Writer/Director)

Born in Baltimore, MD in 1946, John Waters was drawn to movies at an early age, particularly exploitation movies with lurid ad campaigns. He subscribed to Variety at the age of twelve, absorbing the magazine’s factual information and its lexicon of insider lingo. This early education would prove useful as the future director began his career giving puppet shows for children’s birthday parties. As a teen-ager, Waters began making 8-mm underground movies influenced by the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Walt Disney, Andy Warhol, Russ Meyer, Ingmar Bergman, and Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Waters made his first film, an 8-mm short, Hag in a Black Leather Jacket in 1964, starring Mary Vivian Pearce. Waters followed with Roman Candles in 1966, the first of his films to star Divine and Mink Stole. In 1967, he made his first 16-mm film with Eat Your Makeup, the story of a deranged governess and her lover who kidnap fashion models and force them to model themselves to death. Mondo Trasho, Waters’ first feature length film, was completed in 1969 despite the fact that the production ground to a halt when the director and two actors were arrested for “participating in a misdemeanor, to wit: indecent exposure.”

In 1970, Waters completed what he described as his first “celluloid atrocity,” Multiple Maniacs. The film told the story of Lady Divine and her lover, Mr. David, proprietors of a freak show who lure unsuspecting suburbanites into their tents to witness “The Cavalcade of Perversions.” In 1972 Waters created what would become the most “notorious” film in the American independent cinema of the 1970’s, Pink Flamingos. Centered on the great battle to secure the title “Filthiest People Alive,” Pink Flamingos pitted Divine’s “Babs Johnson” against Mink Stole and David Lochary’s truly evil “Connie and Raymond Marble,” while turning Waters into a cult celebrity. Pink Flamingos went on to become a smash success at midnight screenings in the U.S. and all over the world.

Waters followed the success of Pink Flamingos with three more pictures, spanning the remainder of the decade. In 1974 he created Female Trouble, the story of Dawn Davenport (Divine), a criminal who wanted to be famous so badly she committed murder. 1977 marked the premier of Desperate Living, a monstrous fairytale comedy starring the notorious Mafia moll turned stripper Liz Renay. In 1981 Waters completed Polyester, a wide-screen comic melodrama starring Divine and Tab Hunter. Filmed in glorious “Odorama,” ticket buyers were given scratch ‘n’ sniff cards that allowed the audience to smell along with the characters in their fragrant search for romantic happiness.

In Hairspray (1988), Waters created “an almost big-budget comedy extravaganza about star-struck teen-age celebrities in 1962, their stage mothers and their quest for mental health.” The film was a box office and critical success and starred the then unknown Ricki Lake, Deborah Harry, the late Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Pia Zadora and Ric Ocasek.

The success of Hairspray brought Waters major Hollywood backing for his next feature, Cry-Baby (1990), a juvenile delinquent musical comedy satire, starring Johnny Depp. In 1994, Waters released

In addition to writing and directing feature films, Waters is the author of six books: Shock Value, Crackpot, Pink Flamingos and Other Trash, Hairspray, Female Trouble and Multiple Maniacs, and Art: A Sex Book (co-written with art critic Bruce Hainley). His book, Role Models, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May, 2010 and earned spots on the best seller lists for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

As an actor, Waters has appeared in many motion pictures including Jonathan Demme’s “Something Wild”, Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown”, Herschell Gordon Lewis’ “Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat” and Don Mancini’s “Seed of Chucky.” In February, 2006, Waters hosted a 13-episode television series on the here! TV Network called “John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You.” He also appeared in an episode of NBC’s hit show, “My Name Is Earl,” and played “The Groom Reaper” in the CourtTV series “Til Death Do Us Part.”

Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is on the Wexner Center International Arts Advisory Council. Additionally, he is a past member of the boards of The Andy Warhol Foundation and Printed Matter and was selected as a juror for the 2011 Venice Biennale.

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