A child actor with a bass voice and a deadpan comedic delivery, George Karl Wentzlaff appeared in 10 films in the 1950s along with stars like Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley MacLaine. Retiring from show business at age 12, Wentzlaff finished school, served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, moved to Camp Meeker in the late 1970s and retired from the Postal Service a few years ago. Wentzlaff, a lifelong bachelor and cat lover, died of a heart attack June 13 at his Camp Meeker home. Kevin Braafladt of Santa Rosa, a longtime friend who went to check on Wentzlaff, found him in his bed the following day. He was 69. READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE.
“Dragstrip 66: The Frockumentary” will share the story of the now-legendary pansexual club’s enduring impact on its patrons, while inviting viewers to experience the convergence of ’90’s alternative music, queer politics, and a subversive drag ethos that defined Silver Lake and Dragstrip 66’s punk/glam/camp aesthetic.
Think John Waters directing the KISS & The Ramones as styled by Bob Mackie and Goodwill!
The movie will feature appearances and commentary by the club’s renowned performers and supporters, such as: Mink Stole, Jackie Beat, Sharon Needles, Gender, Sabrah Summers, Kay Sedia, Momma, Mz. Alanna, Chi Chi LaRue, Holly Woodlawn, Varla Jean Merman, Sherry Vine, Joey Arias, Heklina, Kelly Mantle, Miss Coco Peru, Willam and countless patrons sharing their beloved memories of attending the club.
We believe we have an important story to share, not only for the LGBTQ community but also for the history of Silver Lake and Los Angeles in the pre-internet, pre-social media age.
PLEASE HELP US TELL THE STORY OF THIS LEGENDARY NIGHTCLUB WITH THE WORLD!
Your donation is for our finishing funds to conduct more interviews, for music licensing, and for other production necessities like professional motion graphics and editing our rough cut as soon as possible.
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