Local scribe Sam Staggs and Cathedral of Hope featured

LOCAL LIT: Dallas author, Sam Staggs. DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dallas Voice

The 39th USA Film Festival has two queer-interest screenings. On Saturday at 7 p.m., the festival screens Douglas Sirk’s remake of "Imitation of Life" — the 1959 film about racial identity that stars Lana Turner, as well as supporting actors Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner, who both got Oscar nods.

Dallas movie buff Sam Staggs recently published "Born to be Hurt: The Untold Story of ‘Imitation of Life.’" Before he became a Hollywood historian, Staggs was the editor of skin rags like Honcho, Mandate and Playguy. Both Staggs and Moore attend the USA Film Fest screening at the Angelika at Mockingbird. And on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Staggs and Kohner discuss "Born to be Hurt" at the Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble, 7700 West Northwest Hwy. Ste. 300.

On Saturday at 7 p.m., the festival screens "The Nature of Existence," in which Roger Nygard seeks answers about the existential. Circling the globe for four years, Nygard interviews everyone from spiritual leaders, to scientists to pizza chefs. And Texas is well represented: Nygard visits Huntsville’s New Zion Missionary Baptist Church (known for its great BBQ) and Big D’s Cathedral of Hope.

— D.A.K.

Tickets, $10. 214-631-82787.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 1, 2009.
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