A celebrated filmmaker, director and writer, John Waters has built a reputation for shocking his audiences. Many of the cult legend’s films satirize suburban America as well as many social conventions and attitudes. He started out making short experimental films in the 1960s, often using friends as actors and holding renegade, underground showings in offbeat locales. Roman Candles (1966), one of his early works, marked the first time Waters worked with Divine, the larger-than-life drag queen now synonymous with Waters’ body of work.
Turning to feature films, Waters made Mondo Trasho (1969), Pink Flamingos (1972), Hairspray (1988), Cry-Baby (1990), Serial Mom (1994), Pecker (1998) and Cecil B. Demented (2000).
Waters has authored several books, including Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste (1981), Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (1983), Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America (2015), and most recently Make Trouble (2017). He also had a traveling exhibit of his photography called Change of Life, which featured still images from some of his early films.
Jonh Waters comes to the Luckman to share his unique brand of wit, humor, and wisdom.
Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)