The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking has selected Jennie Livingston’s documentary “Paris Is Burning” for its 2015 Legacy Award.
The 1990 film is a portrait of gender, race and culture in the waning days of New York City’s Drag Balls in the 1980s. The award will be presented Jan. 6 as part of Cinema Honors Lunch in Manhattan.
Livingston was an NYU student when she started filming “Paris is Burning.”
Previous Legacy Award winners “Grey Gardens,” “Harlan County USA,” “Titicut Follies” and “The War Room” will also be celebrated at the event.
“Paris is Burning opened the doors onto the exuberant world of vogue culture in NYC on the eve of the AIDS epidemic. The film’s intimate, empathic focus on the struggles and joys of trans and gay culture is just as transformative today as it was nearly twenty-five years ago when it premiered,” said Andrea Meditch, Cinema Eye Board chair.
The Hot Docs Film Festival will host a Cinema Eye Legacy Award screening of “Paris is Burning” in Toronto during the 2015 edition of the festival, featuring a conversation with Livingston.