MARDI GRAS, DRAG BALLS AND THE SOUTH’S FIRST GAY CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT!!
Mardi Gras, drag balls and politics–where else could these elements come together but in New Orleans? Interweaving archival footage and contemporary interviews in the great tradition of films such as Paris is Burning and The Cockettes, The Sons of Tennessee Williams charts the evolution of the gay Mardi Gras krewe scene over the decades, illuminating the ways in which its emergence was a seminal factor in the cause of gay liberation in the South.
Awards & Quotes
“Captures the heart and soul of what has become a sort of Boys Gone Wild As Girls
parade. Do papa Tennessee a favor. Put on your Sunday clothes, top them off with three layers of feathers and bugle beads, and check out this movie!” -Michael Musto, Village Voice
“The significance of this story can’t be overstated.” -Noel Murray, AV Club
“A treasure trove of archival footage!” -New York Post
- Bonus Footage
- Costume Photos
- Deleted Scenes