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Written and Directed by Georden West
Produced by Russell Sheaffer and Danielle Cooper
Playland is a boundary-pushing, transdisciplinary, hybrid film centered around the raucous activity of a time-bending night in Boston’s oldest and most notorious gay bar, the Playland Café.
Told through the perspective of the club’s staff -- and specifically the queer women who ran the bar -- Playland plops the camera in the middle of the club as it opens for the night. There is a basis of understanding, a shared language, endlessly rich nonverbal exchanges. This film is what it feels like to be part of the magic trick that makes a simple gay bar -- with its tinsel curtain and worn-out booths -- into a playland every weekend.
With Danielle Cooper, Lady Bunny, Kelly Mittendorf, Maine Anders, Aidan Dick, Miranda Quinn, José Lapaz-Rodrigues, Gatekeeper Adrian Elim, Dr. Constance Cooper, and Sprat
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