Director: Jennie Livingston
Livingston's stunning documentary captures ball culture in the '80s, with gay New Yorkers doing some of the finest stunting the city has ever seen. Before TV shows like RuPaul's Drag Race brought walking into the prime time, there was Paris Is Burning, an incredible time capsule of old New York. Your slang and swagger will grow one-thousand fold. And you'll marvel at how much contemporary rap has in common with the incredible houses that populate the film.
R.I.P. Pepper LaBeija. —RS