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Directed by
Margo Pelletier

USA / 2016 / 96:51

New York Premiere

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Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Thirsty Burlington, Margo Pelletier, Lisa Thomas, Keith Leonard, Shawn Greene, Lex Grey, Tim Bruno
Co-Presented by SPAF and UPWIFT

Prepare to be dazzled! "Thirsty" is the compelling story of Scott Townsend a.k.a., Thirsty Burlington, who caught the filmmaker's eye during Thirsty's striking performance as Cher. The film lays bare Scott's life growing up as a girl-boy in Cambridge public housing and eventually becoming a revered drag queen delighting club-goers with her spot on impersonation of Cher.

Using an array of storytelling techniques within a non-linear structure, the film moves through dramatic, fantasy and musical sequences, capturing both the harsh realities of living a life with a slippery gender and the sparkle that Thirsty exudes.

Townsend embodies this natural phenomenon of a gender that roams between male and female. "A bouquet from a single stem," as Thirsty sings. "Thirsty" asks that we let everyone be beautiful and create the world they want. For Townsend that means, "To be safe and comfortable in all his skins, and loved for all that he is." -- Ben F. Fischer

Before working in film, Margo Pelletier spent twenty years as an award-winning, fine artist, showing her work in galleries and museums in the greater New York area. Prior to her feature directorial debut on the musical film "Thirsty", Pelletier was the director, co-producer and editor for the award-winning documentary "Freeing Silvia Baraldini." Pelletier also directed and edited the short films "Cast To The Wind" and "Out Of Service". She produced two live programs for the LGBTQ Center in NYC: "Celibacy, Our Choice or Not?" and "Post Queer, Building A Brave New World". Pelletier received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Science and Art and attended the Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard and the Institute of Audio Research.
Cast/Featuring: Scott Townsend, Deirdre Lovejoy, Cole Canzano, Jonny Beauchamp, Malina Weissman
Producer(s): Lisa Thomas
Director(s): Margo Pelletier
Screenwriter(s): Margo Pelletier, Laura Kelber
Cinematographer(s): Shawn Greene
Editor(s): Fabrizio Fama and Margaret Reville
Production Designer(s): Lex Grey
Composer(s)/Music: Chris Albert Anderson
Sound Designer(s): Eric Di Stefano, Joe Cantor
Animator(s): Ioana "Alex" Nistor
Other Credits: Art Director: Tim Bruno
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