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Last night, we partnered with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco to present a special screening of Faster, Pussycat Kill! Kill! as part of CAAMFest 2017 and the Drafthouse’s Weird Wednesday series. Offender Anderson was there to rep YOMYOMF and has a recap of the evening:
It was the one of the most successful Weird Wednesdays screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse theatre in San Francisco. A sold out crowd at 10:30pm was in cult cinema church to see a 35mm screening of the Russ Meyer classic FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! I had the honor of presenting the screening with the Alamo Drafthouse main programmer Mike Keegan, who was giddy with excitement to see the crowds and to also finally screen this film after a year of our initial discussions last year.
This special screening was also co-presented as part of CAAMFest, which was apropos, since we were celebrating the Asian American icon we know as the mucho badass Tura Satana. There were a lot of Tura fans out there, but also a good number of newbies to Tura, the film and Russ Meyer, so it was great to intro them to the greatness to Tura and her amazing performance as the buxom bombshell anti-hero Varla. She’s so bad, she makes Patrick Bateman look like a wuss.
The audience was revved up, as you can see below:
This was also a special occasion to also intro the audience to the newly launched Kickstarter campaign for the TURA documentary and director Cody Jarrett was also there to speak before the crowds. As you know, YOMYOMF is supporting Tura Satana Productions in making this authorized doc about her life that will be narrated by Margaret Cho. You can view the Kickstarter video for the campaign below:
YOMYOMF was proud to support this screening as a tribute to the late Tura Satana. We’re all about honoring our “Original Offenders”–Tura was hapa (Japanese/Filipina) and proud of it and was interned at Manzanar with her Japanese father whom she as very close to in WWII. She lived many lives and this doc will be the definitive chronicle of a cult hero, but also a feminist, a survivor, fashion maven, and all around bad-ass Asian American icon that should be revered, up there with other pioneers like Sessue Hayakawa, Anna May Wong and Bruce Lee.
All in all, it was a fun, rollicking night. If Tura was still of this mortal coil, she would’ve been beaming last night. Here are more photos from tonight’s event:
TURA documentary director Cody Jarrett with Bea Dazzler as Tura after the screening.