Berry Gordy, Mahogany, 1975 (still); photo: courtesy of Photofest

Film

Mahogany

Part of Modern Cinema: Black Powers

Thursday, July 19, 2018

8:15 p.m.

Introduced by Honey Mahogany

This 1975 cult film stars Diana Ross as an
aspiring clothing designer from Chicago who rises from a shop girl romanced by a
local activist (Billy Dee Williams) to fame in Rome’s fashion world. Amidst the
glamorous backdrop of haute couture, this rags-to-riches story explores themes
of finding love and success while maintaining a responsibility to the self and
finding your place in the world. As Billy Dee’s character tells Mahogany: “Success means nothing unless you have someone to share it with!”

Honey Mahogany is an international drag performer, prolific performer, popular MC, and budding recording artist. Mahogany gained fame as a cast member on season 5 of the reality television show and cult phenomenon, RuPaul’s Drag Race and has since made appearances on America’s Got Talent, American X-Factor, Logo TV’s NewNowNext Awards, and HBO’s Looking.


Film Details

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1975
Running time: 109 min
Format: 35mm
Director: Berry Gordy
Screenwriters: John Byrum
Producer: Jack Ballard and Rob Cohen
Cinematographer: David Watkin
Editor: Peter Zinner
Source: Swank; screens courtesy University of North Carolina, School of the Arts


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