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Susanne Bartsch: On Top

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2017 (Anthony&Alex) PG, 84 minutes

Dubbed New York’s “Queen of the Night,” proto–club kid Susanne Bartsch has been throwing unforgettable parties for over 30 years and is still going strong. Picking up where Warhol left off, her events unite every walk of life—uptown, downtown, ballroom, drag and celebrity scenes. Susanne’s contributions to the world happen late at night, under cover of darkness, in the form of decadent theatrical events that assault the senses, expand the mind and take the shun out of fashion. Her ambition is to break the rules, banish labels and kill conventions. Dancing and dressing up may sound fun and frivolous but it’s radical when how you look and who you love remains taboo. Situating Susanne’s impact on AIDS fundraising, fashion and pop culture, the film features a who’s who of New York City nightlife, including RuPaul, Amanda Lepore, Michael Musto and Bill Cunningham. Angie Driscoll

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