The documentary Susanne Bartsch: On Top by award-winning director duo Anthony&Alex is an intimate immersion into the world of New York City nightlife and fashion icon Susanne Bartsch credited with launching the careers of RuPaul and Marc Jacobs
SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP
NAME OF FILM: SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP
DIRECTOR(S): Anthony & Alex
STARRING: Susanne Bartsch, Hector Xtravaganza
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: A mesmerizingly expressive portrait of a fiercely individual New York counterculture icon SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP candidly captures the titular “Queen of the Night” and patron saint of LGBTQ inclusion and advocacy with a commanding voice and sharp wit much like its subject. More than just a tribute to the “Queen of the Night” and staunch LGBTQ advocate this dynamic debut from directing duo Anthony&Alex captures the essence of Bartsch’s everyday balance between compassion and control. As Bartsch prepares for an FIT exhibit of her nightlife fashions she faces the challenges of a changing New York City landscape (as well as the construction within her homestead of many decades the iconic Chelsea Hotel) while reconciling how her legacy lives on today.
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