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Director (feature film)

1.
Dirty Shame, A (2004) as Director
Lust is in the air on Harford Road and Sylvia Stickles, a grumpy, repressed middle-aged Baltimorean, doesn't like it. Though Sylvia's handsome husband Vaughn still has marital urges, his wife could not be less interested -- she has more important things to do. Not only does Sylvia run the family's P
2.
Pecker (1998) as Director
Following the life of a goofy, cute 18-year old who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop and takes photos on the side, Pecker is a tale of fame and fortune and the downside of instant celebrity. Pecker's life changes forever when his eclectic photo collection is discovered by a New York art dealer pa
3.
Cecil B. Demented (1995) as Director
A group of obsessed "cinema terrorists," lead by Cecil B DeMented, make it their mission to avenge the crass sins of commercial movie culture through acts of brazen filmmaking and vigilante outlaw cinema retribution. As the movie begins, Cecil and his "Sprocket Holes" gang kidnap Honey Whitlock, a b
4.
Serial Mom (1994) as Director
Story about an upper-middle class suburban mother serial killer.
5.
Cry Baby (1990) as Director
A satirical comedy set in 1950s Baltimore about a group of high school delinquents.
6.
Hairspray (1988) as Director
A teenager uses local stardom to fight segregation, raising the ire or her rival.
7.
Polyester (1981) as Director
Francine Fishpaw is an alcoholic Baltimore housewife with lots of family problems. Her husband is cheating on her, her daughter does suggestive dances at school for money, he son has a foot fetish, and even the family pet is disturbed. Just as she hits bottom, a dreamy man comes along, seemingly to
8.
Desperate Living (1977) as Director
A well-to-do housewife has her 300-lb maid crush her husband. The two escape to the kingdom of Mortville, a safe haven for unsavory citizens, where the queen names Peggy her heiress.
9.
Female Trouble (1975) as Director
A fictitious biography of Dawn Davenport, a headline-seeking criminal.
10.
Pink Flamingos (1974) as Director
Taking on and demolishing just about every known middle-class value, a comedy about which concerns itself with a competition for the filthiest person alive. The contestants: Divine, who lives in a trailer with her egg-fixated mama Edie, her sex-obsessed son Crackers, and his voyeuristic travelling companion Cotton, along with Raymond and Connie Marble.

Cast (feature film)

12.
Mansome (2012)
A look at what it means to be a man in the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and the abundance of male grooming products. Celebrities - Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis - to everyday people weigh in on a variety of subjects from the obsession with facial hair to body dysmo
13.
Excision (2012)
14.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
As the government-appointed protector of our cinematic legacy, the National Film Registry selects culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant works for preservation in the Library of Congress. From award-winning features to music videos, experimental films to home movies, each registry se
15.
Mangus! (2011)
A terrible accident renders high school student Mangus Spedgewick legless, squashing his hopes of performing as Jesus in his school's production of "Jesus Christ Spectacular," a Spedgewick family tradition. To make matters worse, his father is shipped off to Iraq and his step-mom kicks him out, forc
17.
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009)
About the rich history of American film criticism, while providing an insider's view of the critics' profession.
18.
Blank City (2009)
A disparate crew of renegade filmmakers emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. In the late 1970's and mid 80's, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence th
19.
It Came From Kuchar (2009)
About legendary, underground filmmaking twins, George and Mike Kuchar. As kids in the 1950s, George and Mike began making no-budget 8mm epics in their Bronx neighborhood, starring friends and family. In the 1960s the Kuchars became part of Warhol's New York, underground film scene. The Kuchar brothe
20.
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation (2008)
Examines Australian "Ozploitation" genre cinema from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the auteurs and actors who brought the films to life. In 1971, with the introduction of the R-certificate, Australia's censorship regime went from repressive to progressive virtually overnight. This cultural explosi
21.
SqueezeBox! (2008)
About the legendary club where the Toliet Boys and Hedwig were born gets a rock-and-roll tribute where all are welcome.
22.
Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)
Documentary filmmaker and art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker analyzes his relationship with reclusive photographer Cindy Sherman.
23.
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007)
The last great American showman, producer-director William Castle used outrageous hype to sell his low-budget horror films.
24.
Hairspray (2007)
Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion--dancing. Her dream is to appear on "The Corny Collins Show," Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV. Tracy seems a natural fit for the show except for one not-so-little problem--she doesn't fit in. Her plus-siz
25.
Obscene (2007)
Barney Rosset--one of the great unsung heroes in post-war America's battle for free expression. As publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, he challenged the obscenity bans against "Lady Chatterley's Lover," "Tropic of Cancer," "Naked Lunch" and many more controversial works. His literary
26.
Jack Smith & the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)
Underground filmmaker, photographer, actor, performance artist, Lower East Side fixture, homosexual, and anticapitalist Jack Smith was a central figure of New York underground culture from the 1960's until his death in 1989. This portrait of Jack Smith is replete with an assemblage of photographs, f
27.
Jackass: Number Two (2006)
After smearing the world with all sorts of ridiculous crap, the original creators and cast of the MTV series are back at it again: significantly raising the stakes and lowering the bar, this installment in the "jackass" and "jackass the movie" series unleashes a spirited mess of absurdity as the cas
28.
This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006)
The MPAA, a lobbying organization for the movie industry, maintains a rating system first implemented in 1968 by longtime president Jack Valenti. This system, with its age based content classification using letter grades G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 (formerly X), has become a cultural icon. But behind
29.
This Filthy World (2006)
John Waters leads us, film by film, through his most extraordinary career as he pours forth endlessly raucous anecdotes about the freaks, celebrities and freak celebrities who have crossed his path. But each tall tale is also a dig in the ribs directed at both our hypocritical world and the film ind
30.
Fabulous! The Story Of Queer Cinema (2006)
Looks at queer films from the '40s through the New Queer Cinema movement of the '90s, to today's gay & lesbian films.
31.
Inside Deep Throat (2005) as Himself
It was a $25,000 movie that became a $600 million phenomenon. It caused and administration to declare war on freedom. It turned buying a ticket into an act of revolution. Generally considered the most profitable motion picture of all time, the 1972 adult film Deep Throat was more than a titillating
32.
That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)
With his trademark Dutchboy haircut, Tom of Finland physique, and oh-so-tight trousers, Peter Berlin was the poster boy for the hedonistic and sexually-liberated 1970s. The documentary traces the story of Mr. Berlin over the past 40 years, from his birth in wartime Germany to his current life in San
33.
Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)
Covers the historical and environmental issues that face the Salton Sea, while also offering a portrait of the eccentric and individualistic people who populate its shores. Once known as the California Riviera, the Sea is now called one of America's worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, sal
34.
Seed of Chucky (2004) as Pete Peters
The killer doll is back! Glen is the orphan doll offspring of the irrepressible devilish-doll-come-to-life Chucky and his equally twisted bride Tiffany. When production starts on a movie detailing the urban legend of his parents'' lethal exploits, Glen heads for Hollywood where he brings his bloodthirsty parents back from the dead. The family dynamics are far from perfect as Chucky and Tiffany go Hollywood and get rolling on a new spree of murderous mayhem--much to gentle Glen''s horror. Chucky can''t believe that his child doesn''t want to walk in his murdering footsteps, and star-struck Tiffany can''t believe that the movie will star her favorite actress, Jennifer Tilly, who soon becomes an unwitting hostess to this new family in more ways than one.
35.
Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story (2000)
A profile of Andy Warhol superstar and rebel Brigid Berlin, whose parents were Fifth Avenue socialites and in the William Randolph Hearst circle. She continually defied their efforts to keep her on diets and in the right schools. Instead, Berlin became a staple of Warhol's infamous Factory and films
36.
Cockettes, The (2000)
A chronicle of the rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, The Cockettes (1969-1972). As the psychedelic San Francisco of the '60's began evolving into the gay San Francisco of the '70's, The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies (women, gay men, and babies) decked them
37.
Sweet and Lowdown (1999) as Mr Haynes
Emmet Ray, according to himself, was the greatest jazz guitarist of the 1920s and 1930s. At least in New York, anyway. Although Ray certainly had a signature style and a melodic skill, those who knew Ray best admit that perhaps he was best known in his extra-musical roles -- as a pimp and a kleptoma
38.
Forever Hollywood (1999) as Himself
Comprised from over 400 images from archives and feature films, this short traces the history of American film through the years, featuring footage from the industry's earliest days, behind-the-scenes glimpses of studios and films in production, rare home movies of the stars and sneak peeks into Hol
39.
Divine Trash (1998)
A look at the early career of cult filmmaker John Waters from his childhood puppet shows in his native Baltimore to the successful release of Pink Flamingos (USA/1972), widely regarded as the most important underground film ever made; the overview paints a portrait of a fiercely dedicated and ambiti
40.
Anthem (1997) as Himself
When two twenty-somethings, Shainee Gabel and Kristin Hahn, quit their Hollywood jobs, packed up a borrowed car and hit the road, it was with the deeply felt conviction that somewhere, shrouded in the din of talk shows and tabloid headlines, they'd discover the real America, alive and well in all of
41.
Homer and Eddie (1989) as 1st Robber
In order to see his dying father, Homer, a mentally retarded dishwasher in Arizona, hitchhikes up to Oregon. Along the way he is picked up by Eddie, a vagabond, and the two quickly bond. However, Eddie begins taking things to an extreme, taking Homer to a brothel, burglarizing a store, and committ
42.
Hairspray (1988) as Dr Fredrickson
A teenager uses local stardom to fight segregation, raising the ire or her rival.
43.
Something Wild (1986) as Used Car Salesman
When conventional New York bond trader Charlie Driggs accepts a ride home from the very unconventional Lulu, his life takes an abrupt turn. Instead of taking him home, the free-spirited Lulu takes Charlie on a road trip to Virginia, introducing him to kinky sex and robbery among other things. Things

Cinematography (feature film)

44.
Desperate Living (1977) as Cinematographer
A well-to-do housewife has her 300-lb maid crush her husband. The two escape to the kingdom of Mortville, a safe haven for unsavory citizens, where the queen names Peggy her heiress.
45.
Female Trouble (1975) as Cinematographer
A fictitious biography of Dawn Davenport, a headline-seeking criminal.
46.
Pink Flamingos (1974) as Cinematographer
Taking on and demolishing just about every known middle-class value, a comedy about which concerns itself with a competition for the filthiest person alive. The contestants: Divine, who lives in a trailer with her egg-fixated mama Edie, her sex-obsessed son Crackers, and his voyeuristic travelling companion Cotton, along with Raymond and Connie Marble.

Writer (feature film)

47.
Hairspray (2007)
Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion--dancing. Her dream is to appear on "The Corny Collins Show," Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV. Tracy seems a natural fit for the show except for one not-so-little problem--she doesn't fit in. Her plus-siz
48.
This Filthy World (2006)
John Waters leads us, film by film, through his most extraordinary career as he pours forth endlessly raucous anecdotes about the freaks, celebrities and freak celebrities who have crossed his path. But each tall tale is also a dig in the ribs directed at both our hypocritical world and the film ind
49.
Dirty Shame, A (2004) as Screenwriter
Lust is in the air on Harford Road and Sylvia Stickles, a grumpy, repressed middle-aged Baltimorean, doesn't like it. Though Sylvia's handsome husband Vaughn still has marital urges, his wife could not be less interested -- she has more important things to do. Not only does Sylvia run the family's P
50.
Pecker (1998) as Screenwriter
Following the life of a goofy, cute 18-year old who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop and takes photos on the side, Pecker is a tale of fame and fortune and the downside of instant celebrity. Pecker's life changes forever when his eclectic photo collection is discovered by a New York art dealer pa
51.
Cecil B. Demented (1995) as Screenwriter
A group of obsessed "cinema terrorists," lead by Cecil B DeMented, make it their mission to avenge the crass sins of commercial movie culture through acts of brazen filmmaking and vigilante outlaw cinema retribution. As the movie begins, Cecil and his "Sprocket Holes" gang kidnap Honey Whitlock, a b
52.
Serial Mom (1994) as Screenwriter
Story about an upper-middle class suburban mother serial killer.
53.
Cry Baby (1990) as Screenwriter
A satirical comedy set in 1950s Baltimore about a group of high school delinquents.
54.
Hairspray (1988) as Screenwriter
A teenager uses local stardom to fight segregation, raising the ire or her rival.
55.
Polyester (1981) as Screenwriter
Francine Fishpaw is an alcoholic Baltimore housewife with lots of family problems. Her husband is cheating on her, her daughter does suggestive dances at school for money, he son has a foot fetish, and even the family pet is disturbed. Just as she hits bottom, a dreamy man comes along, seemingly to
56.
Desperate Living (1977) as Screenwriter
A well-to-do housewife has her 300-lb maid crush her husband. The two escape to the kingdom of Mortville, a safe haven for unsavory citizens, where the queen names Peggy her heiress.
57.
Female Trouble (1975) as Screenwriter
A fictitious biography of Dawn Davenport, a headline-seeking criminal.
58.
Pink Flamingos (1974) as Writer/Director (Narration 1977)
Taking on and demolishing just about every known middle-class value, a comedy about which concerns itself with a competition for the filthiest person alive. The contestants: Divine, who lives in a trailer with her egg-fixated mama Edie, her sex-obsessed son Crackers, and his voyeuristic travelling companion Cotton, along with Raymond and Connie Marble.
59.
Pink Flamingos (1974) as Screenwriter
Taking on and demolishing just about every known middle-class value, a comedy about which concerns itself with a competition for the filthiest person alive. The contestants: Divine, who lives in a trailer with her egg-fixated mama Edie, her sex-obsessed son Crackers, and his voyeuristic travelling companion Cotton, along with Raymond and Connie Marble.

Producer (feature film)

60.
Hairspray (1988) as Co-Producer
A teenager uses local stardom to fight segregation, raising the ire or her rival.
61.
Polyester (1981) as Producer
Francine Fishpaw is an alcoholic Baltimore housewife with lots of family problems. Her husband is cheating on her, her daughter does suggestive dances at school for money, he son has a foot fetish, and even the family pet is disturbed. Just as she hits bottom, a dreamy man comes along, seemingly to
62.
Desperate Living (1977) as Producer
A well-to-do housewife has her 300-lb maid crush her husband. The two escape to the kingdom of Mortville, a safe haven for unsavory citizens, where the queen names Peggy her heiress.
63.
Female Trouble (1975) as Producer
A fictitious biography of Dawn Davenport, a headline-seeking criminal.
64.
Pink Flamingos (1974) as Producer
Taking on and demolishing just about every known middle-class value, a comedy about which concerns itself with a competition for the filthiest person alive. The contestants: Divine, who lives in a trailer with her egg-fixated mama Edie, her sex-obsessed son Crackers, and his voyeuristic travelling companion Cotton, along with Raymond and Connie Marble.

Editing (feature film)

65.
Pink Flamingos (1974) as Editor
Taking on and demolishing just about every known middle-class value, a comedy about which concerns itself with a competition for the filthiest person alive. The contestants: Divine, who lives in a trailer with her egg-fixated mama Edie, her sex-obsessed son Crackers, and his voyeuristic travelling companion Cotton, along with Raymond and Connie Marble.

Music (feature film)

66.
Pecker (1998) as Songs ("Straight Boys" "Don'T Drop The Soap (For Anyone Else But Me)")
Following the life of a goofy, cute 18-year old who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop and takes photos on the side, Pecker is a tale of fame and fortune and the downside of instant celebrity. Pecker's life changes forever when his eclectic photo collection is discovered by a New York art dealer pa
67.
Serial Mom (1994) as Song ("Gas Chamber")
Story about an upper-middle class suburban mother serial killer.
68.
Cry Baby (1990) as Lyric Adaptations
A satirical comedy set in 1950s Baltimore about a group of high school delinquents.
69.
Female Trouble (1975) as Song ("Female Trouble")
A fictitious biography of Dawn Davenport, a headline-seeking criminal.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

70.
Hairspray (2007)
Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion--dancing. Her dream is to appear on "The Corny Collins Show," Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV. Tracy seems a natural fit for the show except for one not-so-little problem--she doesn't fit in. Her plus-siz

Cast (special)

71.
2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards (2004) as Host
Coverage of the 2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards presentation, recognizing the achievements of filmmakers who work outside the studio system.
72.
17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2002) as Host
Coverage of the 17th annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards presentation, recognizing the achievements of filmmakers who work outside the studio system.
73.
16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2001) as Master Of Ceremonies
Coverage of the 16th annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards presentation.
74.
From The Waist Down: Men, Women & Music (2001) as Interviewee
Documentary looks at how music and sexual attitudes have been profoundly connected from the genesis of rock in the 1950s through the present day.
75.
Indie Sex: Taboos (2001) as Interviewee
Documentary examines sexuality in independent films.
76.
Memories of Oz (2001) as Interviewee
An original TCM documentary reflection upon the beloved musical fantasy, its place in film history and how it has affected so many lives.
77.
15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2000) as Presenter
The 15th annual Independent Spirit Awards presentation, honoring independent films in twelve different categories.
78.
Canned Ham: Cecil B. Demented (2000) as Interviewee
Comedy special featuring interviews with John Waters, Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff and Alicia Witt, the director and cast of the Artisan Entertainment film "Cecil B. Demented."
79.
Divine: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of transvestite performer Divine. Born Harris Glenn Milstead to an upper-middle-class family, Divine found fame for his shocking on-screen behavior in John Waters' films "Hair Spray," "Polyester" and "Pink Flamingos." Divine died of a heart attack at age 42 in 1988.
80.
Barry Levinson on the Future in the 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (1999) as Interviewee
A feature-length documentary on the concept of the future in the 20th century. Director Barry Levison explores our century-long preoccupation with the future and revisits familiar and not so familiar images of the world we expected to see at the end of the 20th century.
81.
In Bad Taste: The John Waters Story (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of filmmaker John Waters.
82.
Sonny Bono: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of Sonny Bono, whose leap from singer and pop culture icon to United States Congressman made headlines across the country. The episode also recounts the 1998 ski accident which took Bono's life at the age of 62.
83.
14th Independent Spirit Awards (1999)
Coverage of the 14th Independent Spirit awards presentation from Santa Monica, California.
84.
Sonny Bono: Pop Songs & Politics (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of singer Sonny Bono, who later became a Republican Congressman from Palm Springs, California. Includes clips from "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
85.
Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! (1996)
Documentary chronicling the history of movie gimmickry, such as drive-ins, 3-D, Cinemascope and Smell-O-Vision, that producer/promoters used to draw audiences to their movies.

Writer (special)

86.
2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards (2004) as Writer
Coverage of the 2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards presentation, recognizing the achievements of filmmakers who work outside the studio system.

Director (short)

87.
Diane Linkletter Story, The (1970) as Director
A re-enactment of the suicide of the daughter of TV's Art Linkletter.
88.
Eat Your Makeup (1966) as Director
John Waters' first 16mm film, about a deranged nanny who kidnaps young girls and forces them to 'model themselves to death' in front of her boyfriend and their crazed friends. It was never shown commercially.

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