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Pageant Documentary Review Essays

Pageant
Directed byRon Davis
Stewart Halpern
Produced byRon Davis
Stewart Halpern
StarringCarl Glorioso
Anthony Brewer
David Lowman
Robert Martin
Victor Bowling
Alyssa Edwards
CinematographyClay Westervelt
Edited byBill Haugse
James Cude

Release date

  • January 19, 2008 (2008-01-19) (Slamdance Film Festival)

Pageant is a 2008 documentary film directed and produced together by Ron Davis and Stewart Halpern. The film explored the behind-the-scenes dramas and realities of the 34th Miss Gay America Contest. The film's central theme was the universal desire to be beautiful, noticed and chosen. The film garnered 10 film festival awards before airing on the Sundance Channel in 2010.[1]

Critical response[edit]

While some reviewers, such as Martin Tsai[2] from The Village Voice felt that the film only skimmed along the surface insanity saying that "filmmakers Ron Davis and Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut's treatment is only skin-deep, eschewing any exploration of gender politics or psychological effects induced by the ubiquitous ugly-duckling-turned-swan narrative." Other reviewers such as Nathan Lee in the New York Times[3] felt that it was "not without its charm, and it's touching, in a goofy sort of way, to see how seriously everyone takes it." George Williamson in An Eye for Film described it as "... an entertaining portrait of some wonderfully larger than life characters, a mind blowing amount of effort and an incredible desire to win."[4] Audience reviews were generally positive. Michael Klemm from Cinemaqueer[5] recommended it saying "If you just want a good time, you can't go wrong with Pageant. Anyone who likes to indulge their inner divas should be enthralled." Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 85% approval rating.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary Frameline 32[6]
  • Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary, Florida Film Festival[7]
  • Official Selection, Slamdance Festival[8]
  • Winner, Best Documentary, Fresno Reel Pride
  • Winner, Best Documentary, Outflix Film Festival[9]
  • Winner, Best Documentary, Chicago Image Out festival[10]
  • Winner, Best Documentary, Honolulu Rainbow Festival[11]
  • Winner, Audience Award, Best Feature, Fire Island Film and Video[12]
  • Winner, Jury Award, Best Documentary, Reelings 2008[13]
  • Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary Rochester ImageOut Festival[14]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^Channel, Sundance. "Pageant". reviews. Sundance Channel. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  2. ^Tsai, Martin, "the Village Voice", 2008, http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-12-24/film/pageant-profiles-miss-gay-america-2006/
  3. ^Lee, Nathan, "The New York Times", December 26, 2008, The New York Times
  4. ^Williamson, George, (2008) "An Eye for Film" March 18, 2012.
  5. ^Klemm, Michael, (2008) "October Grab Bag; Pageant, Cinemaqueer" [1] March 25, 2012
  6. ^"iW NEWS | Frameline Audiences Award "XXY," "Pageant" | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews". Indiewire. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  7. ^Shepherd, Lindy T. (2008-03-27). "Film: Florida Film Festival - What To See". Orlandoweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  8. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  9. ^"Outflix Festival Onscreen - Event Brings Some Out-of-Mainstream Films for Annual Memphis Showcase - Entertainment News". redOrbit. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  10. ^"2008 Festival - Program 24". Imageout.org. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  11. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  12. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-03-31.  |title=LI Gay and Lesbian Film Festival |publisher=Liglff.org
  13. ^"Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival is the second oldest film festival of its kind in the US and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBT films and videos each and every year". reelingfilmfestival.org. 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  14. ^Papaleo, Dayna. "GUIDE: ImageOut 2008 - Pop Culture". Rochester City Newspaper. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 

Джабба нередко прибегал к ВР, что в компьютерных кругах означало виртуальная реальность, но в АНБ это сокращение имело несколько иной смысл - визуальная репрезентация. В мире технических служащих и политиков, имеющих чрезвычайно разные уровни понимания, визуальная репрезентация нередко была единственным способом что-либо доказать: взмывающая вверх кривая производит куда более сильное впечатление, чем целые тома рассуждений.

Джабба понимал, что ВР текущего кризиса со всей наглядностью объяснит то, что он хотел сказать.

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