Restored 35mm print
One night in 1966, Shirley Clarke and her crew convened at the Hotel Chelsea to film self-described gay hustler Jason Holliday as he spun tales, sang, donned costumes, and reminisced about good times and bad behavior. The result is a mesmerizing portrait of a remarkable, charming, and tortured man, who is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Almost 50 years later, Portrait of Jason remains a potent reminder of what the world was like for black gay men in the heat of the Civil Rights movement and before the Stonewall Uprising. This film in not rated.
Read the New York Times review of the film here.
"Portrait of Jason" was digitally restored by Milestone Films and the Academy Film Archive.