Fine Line Features and Venice Magazine hosted the L.A. preem of John Waters’ “Pecker” — which offers a glimpse into the high-camp, low-brow world of budding photographer, Pecker, via his thrift-store camera lens — Tuesday night at the Laemmle Monica 4 in Santa Monica.
The party moved inland to Bergamot Station where the colorful crowd was sprinkled with castmembers Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Lili Taylor, Mink Stole and Mary Kay Place. Music blared as scantily clad studs danced among the hors d’oeuvres. Quentin Tarantino schmoozed as did Andy Dick, REM’s Michael Stipe and Traci Lords.
The bizarre story of art literally imitating life may be summed up best by the auteur himself: “I made a very happy film about pubic hair harassment, lesbian strippers and Virgin Mary statues.”
For indie darling Taylor, it was a rare foray into comedy. But the actress said her decision to participate in the project was basically a no-brainer, “I’ll do anything with him (Waters) — it doesn’t matter.”
As party heated up, Santa Monica cops arrived to investigate complaints about noise. From whom? Rumor has it that it was a neighboring TV shoot.
Last week, industry wags headed east to Baltimore on Sept. 16 for the right coast premiere of the film from that town’s quirkiest native son.
“Pecker” earned its own tile on the sidewalk outside the city’s State Theater, which is Baltimore’s answer to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.