JESUS CHRIST! AT THE MOVIES Dec 6–21 at Anthology Film Archives feat. Glenn Belverio’s DRAG QUEENS FOR JESUS


Dear Shaded Viewers,

JESUS CHRIST! AT THE MOVIES is coming to Anthology Film Archives in NYC! Curated by filmmaker Jim Finn, who will be premiering his new feature THE APOCALYPTIC IS THE MOTHER OF ALL CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY, the series will include Glenn Belverio’s 29-minute video DRAG QUEENS FOR JESUS, a 1992 episode of The Brenda and Glennda Show, starring Brenda Sexual and Glennda Orgasm, two drag queens who leave the secular humanist activist movement after becoming obsessed with 700 Club televangelist Sheila Walsh.

It will be screened with HELL-BOUND TRAIN. This 50-minute silent film from 1930 is the work of self-taught filmmakers James and Eloyce Gist, Black evangelists who employed cinema as a tool for their traveling ministry. Their surreal visual allegories were screened in churches and meeting halls, accompanied by a sermon and the passing of a collection plate.

The program will be screened on Wednesday, December 13 at 9:15pm and I’ll be there to introduce my video and again on Tuesday, December 19 at 6:45pm where I’ll do both an intro and a post-screening Q&A—so please bring your holy and blasphemous questions! Or if you just want to raise your hand and start speaking in tongues, that would be cool too.

Tickets for the Dec 13 screening can be purchased here.

Tickets for Dec 19 can be purchased here.


In Jim’s words, JESUS CHRIST! AT THE MOVIES “asks how has Christianity functioned down in the dirty politics of humanity? How has the character, the influence, the God-ness of Jesus manifested itself in the movies – even when JC himself is off screen?” The series will be a mix of features and avant-garde shorts, including THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, Buñuel’s THE MILKY WAY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Jarman’s THE GARDEN, and work by the Kuchars, Jeanne Liotta, Rolf Forsberg, and others.”

“In this episode of The Brenda and Glennda Show, Brenda and Glennda comically debate changing the name of their show to Drag Queens for Jesus, in order to convert all the secular homosexuals to Christianity. They discuss topics like abortion and censorship from a drag queen perspective, exploring the hypocrisy and inherent bias of Christian ideals. Later, Brenda gets her nipple pierced in homage to Sandy Daley’s Robert Having His Nipple Pierced (1971).”—Video Data Bank
Glenn Belverio

Glenn Belverio is a writer and New Yorker. He has been reporting for ASVOF since 2005 and currently works at The Museum of Modern Art as the Content Manager for MoMA Design Store.