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July 22, 2014
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Candy lives on


Recently, I was reading the free Metro newspaper on the subway. On the front cover was an article about transgender youth in the NYC (Candy was transgender), inside was a write-up on a current Warhol exhibit (Candy was a Warhol superstar) and Chloe Sevigny was heavily featured for the Big Love series finale (Chloe reads Candy’s diaries in the film). Was Jeremiah right? Is society now ready for her story in a way that it wasn’t before?

Boiled down, that story is basically the American Dream. Boy grows up on Long Island with a big dream of becoming a movie star and struggles to make it a reality. It just so happens that his dream is to become a female movie star. Just so happens that it this all takes place in New York City at a time when that sort of thing was far less acceptable than it is today. And it just so happens that Jimmy did transform into a beautiful woman.

One gets the idea from her diaries that it was not an easy task.

I was talking to James on the phone yesterday; he was going over the plan for the opening. In some ways, hearing about the current trials and tribulations of the film makes me feel guilty. I haven’t been working on it with him for two years.

“Making the film, there are so many times when it feels like everything has fallen apart,” he told me. “It becomes so clear that if you stop working, the film wouldn’t get finished. So you keep going and it becomes almost like an obsession. But in a lot of ways, it was like ‘this story is worth it. We can’t stop now.’”

I’m glad he didn’t.

Check out “Beautiful Darling” at the IFC center next week. It really is worth seeing up there on the big screen.