Portrait of Jason—Presented by RaMell Ross
1966 classic restored! August 20 only! Showtime TBA
Ragtag and the University of Missouri's Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism are excited to collaborate on this special one-night-only screening. RaMell Ross, whose Hale County This Morning, This Evening screened at True/False 2018, will be on hand to discuss the film, which will be preceded by his own short film "Easter Snap."
On the night of December 2, 1966, former Stephens College student Shirley Clarke and a tiny crew convened in her apartment at the Hotel Chelsea to make a film. There, for twelve straight hours they filmed the one-and-only Jason Holliday as he spun tales, sang, donned costumes and reminisced about good times and bad behavior as a gay hustler, sometime houseboy and aspiring cabaret performer. The result is a mesmerizing portrait of a remarkable, charming and tortured man, who is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Ingmar Bergman called it "the most extraordinary film I've seen in my life." When it first screened in a sneak preview, the audience included Tennessee Williams, Robert Frank, Amos Vogel, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol, Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Rip Torn, Geraldine Page and Terry Southern. But for decades, Shirley Clarke's powerful and transgressive Portrait of Jason was unavailable and its original elements were thought to be lost; join us for a special screening of Milestone Film's restoration.