"BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER is funny, but it's not only funny. Though colorful and campy, the picture manages to make a heartfelt statement about the difficulties of growing up gay."
-SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (2000)
"For the concept, the chemistry, and the camp, Jamie Babbit’s BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER takes the cake. Unapologetically queer in all senses of the word."
As part of the Summer Camp series, Flaming Classics is celebrating the birthday of Vice President Mike Pence with a commemorative screening of the classic conversion camp comedy BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER. Recently ranked by IndieWire as the best lesbian film of all time, BUT I'M CHEERLEADER is a cornerstone of the American Independent and Queer film scene of the 1990s. Jude Dry, of IndieWire, calls the film "unapologetically queer in all senses of the word," making it the perfect film to screen for the birthday of Mike Pence, who has been an longtime opponent of LGBTQ rights. The film also features an iconic cast including Emmy Nominee Natasha Lyonne, Oscar Nominee Cathy Moriarty, Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, three-time Oscar Nominee Michelle Williams, and the ultimate drag queen and Emmy Winner Rupaul!
Confident and opinionated, 17-year-old Megan is far too strong-willed for her unsuppportive parents, who begin to worry she is a lesbian. Their solution is to send Megan to 'True Directions,' a "rehabilitation camp" run by homophobic counselor Mary Brown. Soon Megan meets the equally defiant Graham, and the two form a fast friendship. Ironically, the more time Megan spends at the camp, the more she begins to question just how fixed her sexuality really is.
The screening will be followed by a special live performance by Jupiter Velvet.
Celebrate the birthday of our Vice President Mike Pence with this Conversion Camp Comedy!