Born on a Midwestern farm in 1934, the now 70-something drag queen diva Vicki Marlane has barreled through life on the fringes: from cross-dressing kid, carnie girl and sideshow freak, jail-breaker and hitch-hiking hustler to female impersonator and beyond. This documentary of her life speaks with a voice not often enough heard—a gender-queer elder with a slew of stories to tell.
Weaving interviews with archival footage and photos, director Michelle Lawler recreates a mesmerizing tale of this diva’s various incarnations, as Marlane rises to the top in the gay heyday clubs of 1970s San Francisco and then finds her home venue at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, where she continues to perform to this day. Co-produced by Kim Klausner (It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues In School) and Susan Stryker (Screaming Queens), Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight brings us, in the end, to see the performer for ourselves.
A local writing group for queer elders invites you into their learning circle in this heartwarming Vancouver-made documentary.
Total time: 67 min