Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight

Thurs, June 3, 2010,  7:30pm

Director Michelle Lawler & Vicki Marlane in attendance

Portland trailblazer Darcelle XV isn’t the only drag legend with impressive staying power:
San Francisco’s Vicki Marlane is still going strong well into her 70s.

Born Donald Dave Sterger in 1934, Vicki grew up in small-town Minnesota before escaping to join the circus as “the alligator skin girl,” “the girl in the iron lung” and other sideshow attractions. She later hitchhikes across the country, turning tricks to make ends meet, before launching a career as a female impersonator in Detroit—years ahead of the Stonewall Rebellion. Arriving in San Francisco she was “the toast of the town” in the early ‘70s, before battling depression and drug addiction. She has maintained sheer determination throughout.

An intimate, compelling profile in courage, FOREVER’S GONNA START TONIGHT holds nothing back in sharing one woman’s unique survival story. Vicki continues to entertain audiences by performing classics like Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (from which the film derives its title) every weekend at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

Preceded by GET HAPPY, an inspirational coming-of-age story about following your dreams. Filmmaker Mark Payne documents his remarkable journey from impersonating Judy Garland as a flamboyant 12-year-old to hobnobbing with Hollywood superstars as a clothing designer, recording artist and Emmy-winning makeup artist. – Jimmy Radosta

Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight: Dir Michelle Lawler 2009 USA 54 min.
Get Happy: Dir Mark Payne 2008 USA 25 min.

Community Partner: Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center