James Hosking, Beautiful by Night , 2014

b. 1983, Rhinebeck, New York
Lives and works in Chicago

Beautiful by Night follows a trio of older drag performers who work at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, the last gay bar in San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin neighborhood. Both the film and its accompanying photo series explore these performers’ ritualistic transformations, along with themes of aging, labor, and self-acceptance.

This film highlights the power of performance and resilience found at all ages. It speaks to how our city organizes to inspire one another and fosters freedom of self-expression as a political act.

Beautiful by Night, 2014
Digital video
28:52 min.
Featuring: Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, Donna Personna
Director/editor: James Hosking
Director of photography: Vanessa Carr
Re-recording mixer: Miik Dinko
Producers: Jeremy Lybarger & James Hosking
Courtesy the artist

Beautiful by Night is part of Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America?, an art and civic experience intended to drive awareness and mobilize the diverse communities of the Bay Area around the urgent, long-term impact of the 2020 US Census.
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