Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers (1972) by Robert J. Kaplan

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 8:15 pm

Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers

presented by Frameline48


3117 Sixteenth Street (at Valencia)

San Francisco, CA 94103

Presented in association with Frameline48
Admission: $19.50 General / $18 Cinematheque Members
Event tickets here

The world’s largest and longest-running LGBTQ+ film festival is returning to San Francisco and Oakland with 11 days of 100+ queer films. Intersect with queer artists past and present at Frameline48 movies, performances, and parties. Highlights include a free Juneteenth block party on Castro Street, conversations with visionaries like Alok and Lena Waithe, and of course lots of drag. Plus, the one-and-only Linda Perry is kicking off our Pride weekend at Oasis! Discover more at Frameline48.

Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers: Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn plays Eve Harrington, a small-town girl from Kansas who tries to make it big—or at least find a roommate—in New York in this long-lost madcap movie musical extravaganza from filmmaker Robert J. Kaplan. Along the way she’ll get tangled up with everyone from wrestlers to crunchy granola lesbians on her way-too-relevant quest to find secure housing.

One of the very first films to be built around a trans actor, Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers is a comedic tour-de-force for Woodlawn, then fresh off of making Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt! (1971) for Paul Morrissey. With a memorable supporting performance from fellow Warhol Superstar Tally Brown as Mary Poppins and voice cameos from the likes of Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, Scarecrow… should’ve become a huge midnight movie sensation, but instead faded into obscurity and has sat unseen for the past 50 years. Its recent rediscovery and restoration by the Academy Film Archive is cause for celebration—and a timely reminder that trans people have always been on the screen.

ALSO SCREENING: Paradise Europe (2023) by Leandro Goddinho & Paulo Menezes: On the day thousands of people are protesting against unaffordable rents in Berlin, a Brazilian who was just kicked out of his place struggles to find a new room while his personal life falls apart.