Directed by L.A. performer and filmmaker Wu Tsang, the documentary Wildness will premiere this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. Wildness revolves around the nightly performers and entertainment of Silver Bar in L.A., patronized by the Latin/LGBT communities since 1963. The 75-min doc screened at MOMA in NYC last month.


Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, "Wildness" is a portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar that has been home to Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a weekly party (organized by Director Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom) called Wildness explodes into creativity and conflict. What does “safe space” mean? Who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers creates coalitions across generations.

This is one of the films of my list to see at SXSW. Take a look at the trailer below and a video profiling filmmaker Wu Tsang underneath it.