If you're looking for a great movie to rent this weekend, look no further than Paris is Burning, the 1990 documentary that featured a community of minority drag queens and their underground style of dancing, voguing, which was later the inspiration for Madonna's song Vogue. Paris is Burning chronicles the "Golden Age" of NYC drag balls, showcasing the different people that have bonded together in this sub-culture of different ethnicities and genders. Filmmaker Jennie Livingston spent 7 years meticulously filming the community, which was largely based in Harlem. The 1980s ball culture of New York included people from all different backgrounds, including African American, Latino gay, and transgender participants.
But, it's not just a movie about the tightly knit subculture of drag queens, it's about the intense passion with the they pursue this part of their lives. It's inspiring to the artist inside everyone.