Tammy Faye: Death Defying is one of three films World of Wonder had at the Frameline fest in SF. Fenton Bailey filed this report.
Director Chris Mckim clutched the hand of producer Alicia Gargaro as they took to the stage looking like sweethearts. Extremely glamorous sweethearts. The moment Tammy Faye entered the auditorium the crowd was on its feet. Tammy wore pink for “Pink Saturday” (although almost everyday of the week Tammy manages to work some pink into her wardrobe). In a Q&A after the rapturously received film, Tammy somehow managed to charm the audience while confessing that she didn’t believe in gay marriage – only because she’s “an old-fashioned kind of girl.” After a blast on the theater’s organ, she braved the crowds outside and encountered what might be her first ever dyke march, replete with topless lesbians. Over a not-so-quiet dinner interrupted by photographers and autograph hounds, the waiter – in full Munster drag (white face, red lips, black bangs) – put his hand on Tammy’s shoulder while taking her order and said, “I forget your name, honey.” It was kind of sweet.
(Photo: Alicia Gargaro, Chris McKim, and Tammy Faye on stage after the screening)