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Provocative filmmaker John Waters coming to Tampa for gay film festival

Director John Waters of the film "This Filthy World" poses for portraits at the Intercontinental Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2006. (Getty Images)
Published Aug. 15, 2014

For its 25th anniversary this year, the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival gets a special present: a visit from John Waters, filmmaker, author and filth connoisseur. Waters will perform his acclaimed one-man show This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier at Tampa Theatre at 6:30 p. m. Oct. 4. Tickets range from $33 for general admission to $63 for preferred seating and a copy of Waters' latest book, Carsick, to be autographed after the show. The festival will also present Waters with a lifetime achievement award, for 50 years of queer cinema, including the seminal bad taste classics Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble. An after-show street party on Franklin Street is free to the public with music, beer and food trucks. The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival runs Oct. 3-11. Visit for tickets and information. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic


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