"Jason and Shirley," newest film from LBGT filmmaker Stephen Winter will screen at OUTFEST, Saturday, July 11, 9:30 p.m. at REDCAT

JASON AND SHIRLEY will screen on Saturday, July 11 @ 9:30pm, at REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St.

JASON AND SHIRLEY, the newest film from LBGT filmmaker Stephen Winter, will screen at OUTFEST. It's an electric and timely exploration of Jewish/African-American relations, sexuality, and the dynamic and complex nature of artistic expression, more info below, and Mr. Winter will be present at OUTFEST.

50 years before RuPaul… there was Jason Holliday. The most fabulous and controversial black queen you’ve never heard of!

December 1966, Jason Holliday, a fabulous but downtrodden black, gay, middle-aged hustler and aspiring cabaret performer whose life revolves around sex, jazz and narcotics was known throughout New York’s pre-Stonewall gay world and jazz world as the hottest mess around. Shirley Clarke was Jewish, wealthy, an Oscar-winner and a rare female film director of her era to gain national prominence. She invited Jason to her penthouse in the legendary Chelsea Hotel to film him telling wild stories from his turbulent life, determined to find a groundbreaking “truth” in documentary. This footage became “Portrait of Jason,” (1967), and was hailed a masterpiece, as Jason tells stories of racism, homophobia, abuse and prostitution with Shirley – in cahoots with her partner in art and life, the riveting but troubled black actor Carl Lee, who seems to urge Jason towards a tangled emotional breakdown that is unforgettable.

But what really happened that day? What was the true nature of Jason’s relationship with Carl? What is the true nature of “truth”? With dreams, musical numbers and graphic emotions, the NEW film “Jason and Shirley” revisits that fateful meeting and blows the lid off this true story of power, destiny and “truth.”

African-American LBGT Filmmaker / Director Stephen Winter (Chocolate Babies, producer of Tarnation) presents a fictitious account of the making of Shirley Clarke's seminal controversial film Portrait of Jason - a groundbreaking example of confessional biography, famously shot in one grueling 12-hour session in Clarke’s apartment in Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel. Mixing fantasy and reality with enthralling performances from Jack Waters (The Male GaYze) and acclaimed lesbian writer Sarah Schulman in the title roles, Jason and Shirley is a fascinating exploration of art, race, privilege, sex, and—most provocatively—the fine art of manipulation.

Director Stephen Winter and cast members Jack Waters, Sarah Schulman and Peter Cramer will be attending OUTFEST.

For more details about schedule, how to get tickets, please log on to www.outfest.org