Documentary about Dirtwoman coming to The Byrd Theatre

Less than two years after Richmond icon Dirtwoman died, a documentary about his life is coming to The Byrd Theatre in April.

The documentary “Spider Mites of Jesus: The Dirtwoman Documentary” will premier April 25 at 7:15 p.m. as part of the Richmond International Film Festival.

Dirtwoman – aka Donnie Corker – died in September 2017.

Outrageous, vibrant, controversial, outspoken, the legendary drag queen had a way of stealing headlines. Donnie grew up in Oregon Hill.

“He may not have packaged his message the way most of us would have, but he was honest and he was out there and he was very courageous,” said President and Executive Director of Diversity Richmond Bill Harrison after Corker died.

He ran for mayor in 2008. He’s probably most known for creating “Hamaganza,” a wild and raunchy show¬†that raised money and collected food for the homeless for more than 20 years.

“I was at a bingo game at a synagogue here in town. He won the jackpot of $1,000, and he gave it all back to the synagogue and that was unheard of,” remembers Harrison.

Check out more about the Dirtwoman documentary HERE.

The documentary is part of a series of events celebrating Dirtwoman, which includes a month-long art show and a fundraiser dinner at Mamma Zu on April 7.

Dirtwoman documentary


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