Friday, August 10, 2007

John Waters coming to Ashvegas

Crossposted from Ashvegas:

*Cinema Legend John Waters to Speak at UNC Asheville September 19*
*Waters' Films Screened September 12-18*

John Waters, the man who perfected cinematic camp, will discuss his work and wild approach to creativity at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. The filmmaking legend launches UNC Asheville's 2007-08 Distinguished Speakers Series.

A native of Baltimore, Waters made his first film "Hag in a Black Leather Jacket" at age 18. Though it was shown only once in a beatnik coffee house, it launched his career. Waters has gone on to make 15 more films, including such cult classics as "Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray" and "Cecil B. DeMented." Waters helped solidify the career of his childhood best friend, drag queen Divine, as well as Johnny Depp, who starred in his 1990 film "Cry Baby."

In addition to filmmaking, Waters has acted in a number of movies, including his own, and has appeared on popular television shows, such as "The Simpsons," "My Name is Earl" and "Frasier." He has a regular role as the Groom Reaper on "'Til Death Do Us Part."

General admission tickets are $30. Because of the high demand of tickets for this event, all patrons are limited to purchasing just two tickets. Tickets go on sale September 10. To reserve tickets by phone, call UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Box Office at 828/232-5000. For information about purchasing group tickets, call 828/251-6991. If the event is not sold out, local students will be able to purchase $10 tickets with school ID cards at the door the night of the talk.

Prior to his talk, UNC Asheville will host a John Waters Film Festival. Four of Waters' best-loved films will be shown at 8 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. Discussions will follow. Admission is $5 cash or check at the door. Films in the series include: "Polyester" on Wednesday, Sept. 12; "Hairspray" on Thursday, Sept. 13; "Cry Baby" on Monday, Sept. 17; and "Serial Mom" on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The next event in the Speakers' Series is an evening with acclaimed sustainable-design architect Michael Singer on October 24.

For more information, call 828/251-6991 or click on

Seems like everybody's got a John Waters story. What's yours?

1 comment:

arratik said...

My John Waters story is probably a common one, involving just how revolted I was the first time I ever saw Pink Flamingos, and subsequently watching the looks on the faces of my friends as they were subjected to the movie for the first time - especially if they weren't warned about "the scene".

Too bad they left Pink Flamingos off of the schedule. It's about time for a new generation of college students to discover it and go "EWWWWWWWWWW!!!!"