dir. Wu Tsang, 2012
Not Rated • 1 hr. 16 mins.
Wildness is a resonant portrait of the Silver Platter, a Latino Los Angeles LGBTQ+ bar. This documentary integrates elements of fiction and documentary structures to vividly portray Tsang’s multi-layered relationship with the bar. The film explores her role as an artist and activist, and a member of a younger generation introducing itself into a gay scene that started before the Stonewall riots (the Silver Platter’s birth year is 1963). Additionally, the impact of gentrification, and a changing city on the bar’s working class, Hispanic, and immigrant patrons is something Tsang implicates herself in when the weekly Wildness party brings art world crowds and attention.
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