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Superstar in a Housedress: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis by [Craig B. Highberger]

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 Praise for the Superstar in a Housedress documentary
 
“Bitchy, catty, moving and hilarious.” —
New York magazine
 
“Bright and entertaining.” —
The New York Times
 
“A fabulously fond and entertaining tribute.” —
TheVillage Voice
 
Housedress is on the button, delightfully bitchy.” —New York Post
 
“Fascinating. Tastefully over-the-top tribute. Craig Highberger delivers the goods.” —
Variety
 
“The love shows through in this wide-ranging tribute to Andy Warhol’s Pop culture diva. Evokes not only Warhol’s era but also the artistic world’s outer edges.” —
Los Angeles Times
 
“Entertaining . . . great fun!” —E! Online
 
“Loving and assiduously researched.” —
Time Out New York, Critic’s Pick
 
“A loving tribute to a true downtown legend.” —
Time Out New York
 
“An enthusiastic backstage biography of one of Warhol’s drag-queen divas.” —
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
“A long-overdue, luxuriant tribute.” —
The San Francisco Bay Guardian

About the Author

Craig B. Highberger is a writer and filmmaker who has spent more than thirty years working in broadcast and independent television and film production. He is the director of the documentary Superstar in a Housedress, a profile of Jackie Curtis, the avant-garde performance artist and frequent collaborator of Andy Warhol. Highberger is also the author of a biography of Curtis of the same name, which was based on the film. Highberger met Curtis in the fall of 1972 when he was a freshman at New York Uuniversity’s film school. The two became close friends, and Highberger spent thirteen years documenting Curtis’s work on film. He also directed Jack Mitchell: My Life Is Black and White, a profile of the photographer known for his portraits of artists and entertainers. Highberger is the executive director of the Jack Mitchell Archives and currently lives in Alabama.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B016EFYUWS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Open Road Media (November 24, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 24, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3659 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 265 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Craig B. Highberger grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol's hometown. As a teenager Craig was very aware of the Warhol scene in New York City, pop art, and underground film. At the age of 15 he secretly began collecting copies of the New York entertainment magazine After Dark that featured photographs by Jack Mitchell of Andy Warhol and superstars Joe Dallesandro, Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, and Jane Forth.

More than anything he wanted to go to film school at New York University and meet Warhol and the superstars, and that is exactly what happened. Highberger became close friends with Warhol superstar Jackie Curtis and began filming his plays and performances in 1973. In 1978 he escaped the dizzying whirl of the Warhol subculture, moved to Minnesota, and began his career in film and television production.

Craig Highberger's first feature-length documentary "Superstar in a Housedress" the life and legend of Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis was released theatrically in the United States and Canada in 2004-2005, garnering such praise as "Bright and entertaining" - Stephen Holden, New York Times and "Bitchy, Catty, Moving and Hilarious" - New York Magazine. The film, which is narrated by Lily Tomlin, won Best Documentary at the 2004 Toronto GLBT Film Festival, and was selected for the Smithsonian "Film as Art" 2004 showcase at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. It has been broadcast internationally. In 2005 Penguin published his oral biography, "Superstar in a Housedress", in hardback.

His 2006 documentary "Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and White" about the life and work of the master photographer Jack Mitchell (1925-2013) has screened and broadcast internationally. It was 2006 Best Documentary Film winner at the Daytona Beach Film Festival.

Highberger has more than 30 years experience in broadcast, industrial and corporate communications. He has written, produced and directed many programs marketed nationally to the corporate and scholastic markets. He is currently Executive Director of the Jack Mitchell Archives and lives on Lake Martin in Eclectic, Alabama.

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