Marc Huestis’ cult classics WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SUSAN JANE, Hot Riot, and X Communication will be shown at the Opening Extravaganza at Public Works! The Co Founder of SF Frameline LGBT Film Festival, the oldest and largest LGBG film festival in the country, Marc is an award winning filmmaker, camp impresario, and social activist. Best known for his motion picture Sex Is… and his in-person tributes/benefit events feting celebrities from Hollywood’s Golden Age and cult personas from Jane Russell to John Waters at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, his works never fail to delight. Huestis was awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement GOLDIE Award by the SF Bay Guardian, the oldest and largest alternative weekly in the Bay Area and he is a co-winner of the 2001 Frameline Award in Recognition.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SUSAN JANE (1982) Once mentioned by Robert Smith of THE CURE as his favorite movie, this newly re-masterd work is a cult classic. Moving back and forth between black-n-white to color, as well as from past to present. this film is Marc Huestis’ truly underground Tales of the City. The soundtrack is a celebration of SF punk featuring Tuxedo Moon, Noh Mercy with Esmerelda, Ben Bossi of Romeo Void, The Wasp Women, Indoor Life with Jorge Socarras and others. This camp classic follows Marcie Clark (Ann Block), a polyester suburban housewife dissatisfied with her bouffant-and-barbecue lifestyle hot on the trail of an old high school chum, Susan Jane Smith (Francesca Rosa). When she reconnects with Susan Jane (now Sujana), Marcie stumbles into the wild and wacky world of San Francisco bohemia circa 1980, replete with wild drag queens and glitter, kooky artists, Mohawk hairdos, new wave slackers, and a pool of well-known celebutants. She gets high and finally gives herself over to the intoxicating whirl of a wild party. The colorful cast features appearances by Lulu, Coco Vega, members of the legendary theater group the Angels of Light, Rodney Price, Silvana Nova, Tommy Pace San Francisco Chronicle critic Edward Guthmann.
“Whatever Happened to Susan Jane? began filming on the very day Ronald Reagan became President, according to the director. By the time the film opened, we were experiencing the first wave of AIDS. The film now stands as “the last great burst of innocence before the dawning of the age of AIDS,” Huestis says.”“Susan Jane came from trash, literally,” says Huestis. “I was walking in the Haight in the early 80s and spotted an old 16mm film in a trash can. It turned out to be The Outsider, the campy 50s ‘educational’ film that is the glue that holds Susan Jane together.”
Marc Huestis’ colorful and intelligent New Wave comedy – now a mini camp classic- celebrates wealth of talent in the gay and lesbian underground.