I Am Divine

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I Am Divine
Directed byJeffrey Schwarz
Produced byJeffrey Schwarz
Jon Glover
Lance Robertson
Lotti Pharriss Knowles
StarringSee Participants
Music byMichael Cudahy
CinematographyJohn Chater
John Davis
Dan DeJesus
David A. Ford
Marsha Kham
Cameron MacDonald
James Mulryan
Elle Schneider
Steven Wacks
Clay Westervelt
Edited byPhillip J. Bartell
Distributed byAutomat Pictures
Release date
  • March 9, 2013 (2013-03-09) (SXSW)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$81,497[2]

I Am Divine is a 2013 American documentary film produced and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz of the Los Angeles-based production company Automat Pictures. The documentary focuses on the American actor, singer and drag performer Divine (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988), born Harris Glenn Milstead, a lifelong friend and collaborator of filmmaker John Waters.

The film features extensive contemporary interviews with Waters, as well as Divine's mother Frances Milstead, and surviving members of the Dreamlanders.


Archive footage


I Am Divine premiered at South by Southwest 2013, and had its premiere in Divine's hometown of Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Maryland Film Festival 2013.


The film garnered critical acclaim, holding a 96% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 48 reviews; the general consensus states: "With warmth and affection, I Am Divine offers an engaging portrait of the complex personality behind a trailblazing cinematic figure."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a 71/100 rating based on 11 critics, signifying "generally favorable reviews".[4]


  1. ^ "I AM DIVINE (15)". Peccadillo Pictures. British Board of Film Classification. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "I Am Divine (2013)". Box Office Mojo. March 27, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "I Am Divine". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "I Am Divine Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 15, 2014.

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