Shot in 24 hours for the One day in SF project, this 10 minute bootstrap production considers the Impact of recent breakneck gentrification on SF Performance arts thru the lens of Tahara, original Cockette battling eviction.
Soundtrack improvised that day also by The Purple Palace People, (David Jayne/Keys, drums, vocals, John Longhi/guitar, Saxophone, Mister WA/Bass)
Immersive cultural traveler Mister WA has stepped into many of his stories. His shape-shifting documentary as performance film “Children of The Cockettes” investigating present-day heritage manifestations of the legendary psychedelic theater originating in 1969 Haight-Ashbury culture has screened in San Francisco, New York, and Austin, TX.
Silas Howard includes Mister WA archives footage from this shoot at Cara Vida's Salon in Sticks & Stones (2014), a documentary about legendary Bambi Lake, which premiered at Framline 2014 in San Francisco.
With this film, Mister WA explores the free-spirited and non-conformist performance torches carried by the likes of Thrillpeddlers, Trannyshack and Peaches Christ, Vau de Vire Society and the Burning Man Festival. Mister WA's free-form documentary integrates The Cockettes’ esthetics down to its narrative as it weaves a cinematic quilt of queer art, performance, LGBT community, music and glamor unique to San Francisco. This project feeds off of hundreds of hours of video footage gathered in service to local performance community and presents a “Who’s Who” of interconnected Bay area culture vignettes.
Ever-prolific Cockettes composer Scrumbly Koldewyn in a recent French reverie as Jewels of Paris was being developed !
Mister WA is performer, cinematographer and music producer in this fantasy drama by Robert Oppel with original Music improvised at The Purple Palace by David Jayne (drums) Last Gasp author John Longhi (Guitar) and Mister WA (bass). This short fiction piece stars Cockettes Rumi Missabu and Bill Bowers as well as Mistress Kara, Thrillpeddlers and VinC. This film is the extra featurette on Robert Oppel's Uncle Bob DVD release.