The People’s Joker

  • Person staring into camera.
  • Four people standing together.
  • Two people looking at each other in the eyes.
  • Someone dancing.

Q&A with Director Vera Drew in conversation with Rachel Shatto following the April 15th screening! (At rush)

Co-presented by Frameline!

“Fiercely original and deeply personal… a genuinely moving story of self-acceptance, self-love, and the inspiring act of an artist stepping into her power.” – Indiewire

“That Drew can amuse, offend and still bring it all around to a heartfelt emotional finale (featuring magical trans fairy “Mix Mxyzptlk”) is quite the hat trick.” – Variety

This revolutionary DIY parody film and hilarious reimagining of the classic autobiographical coming-of-age story follows an unconfident, closeted trans girl as she moves to Gotham City to make it big as a comedian by joining the cast of UCB Live – a government-sanctioned late night sketch show in a world where comedy has been outlawed. As mainstream success eludes our heroine, leading her to unite with a ragtag team of rejects, misfits, and a certain love interest named Mister J, “Joker the Harlequin” is born again as a confident (and psychotic) joker on a collision course with the city’s fascist caped crusader. Vats of feminizing chemicals, sexy cartoon interludes, scarecrow psychiatrists, CGI Lorne Michaels, and psychedelic gender dysphoria all play supporting roles. Helmed by writer/director/editor/star Vera Drew and using her own life experiences as a basis for the film, THE PEOPLE’S JOKER is a deeply personal journey that’s as much documentary as it is parody.

1h 32m
Vera Drew
United States
First Showing
April 12, 2024
  • Assisted Listening