Opening General Session with Keynote Speaker John Waters

Date/Time: Sunday, July 15, 2018: 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Speakers: John Waters

“This Filthy World”

As an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, and Baltimore native, John Waters rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. While he is most well-known for breaking boundaries of acceptable filmmaking—his movies often cover topics of drugs, queers, abortion, and religion—Waters achieved box office and critical success for writing and directing Hairspray, which was adapted into a long-running Broadway musical. An accomplished writer, photographer, and visual artist (exhibiting at this year’s Venice Biennale), he has published several volumes of his journalistic exploits, screenplay collections, and artwork. An openly gay man, Waters is an avid supporter of gay rights and gay pride. He has also authored a string of hysterically funny, bestselling books, including last year’s Make Trouble and 2015’s hitchhiking diary, Carsick. His live one-man engagements around the country are deliciously raucous and un-PC.

NOTE: The keynote speaker did not consent to the AALL recording release and this program was not recorded.