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Glitter (PG) + Introduction

Mariah Carey stars as singer Billie Frank, in the film that almost tanked her mega-watt career. Join us as we re-evaluate it within the context of an era that sought to contain Carey's light.

In 2001, Mariah Carey’s diamond-encrusted reign threatened to come to an end with the untimely release of Glitter. A loose remake of A Star is Born, the film has a light touch on issues close to Carey’s heart, such as the patriarchy in the music industry, and a young biracial woman reckoning with how she sees herself, versus how she is seen. The making of and failures of Glitter have become more infamous than the film itself, plagued with racism and sabotage from the very beginning. Over two decades on, it’s time to re-evaluate how a sentimental star-vehicle could prove near catastrophic.

Freelance writer Rōgan Graham introduces this celebratory screening with a whistle stop dissection of the mythology surrounding the film, the 2018 #JusticeForGlitter movement and the lasting influence of the Glitter soundtrack.

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US 2001 dir Vondie Curtis Hall 104 min

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