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||'Candypants' film gets support from doc group
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The International Documentary Association has chosen the film Candypants: A Fairy Tale as its "Doc of the Week."The film tells the story of longtime Chicago residents and life partners Lee Brady and David Sanderson, who invented edible underwear in 1975 and sold it under the name Candypants.
"The IDA decided to spotlight Candypants as part of its mission to support documentaries in progress," said director Francis Gasparini. "June is both Pride Month and National Candy Month, so the timing is perfect."
Gasparini first heard about Candypants in a radio story. "Right away I knew there was a movie there," he said. "Just mention edible underwear and everyone will say, 'Oh, that's hilarious.' But the heart and soul of the film is Lee and David's 50-year relationship, and the way it's unfolded against massive changes for gay civil rights."
Brady and Sanderson met in 1967, when Chicago gay bars were still subjected to frequent raids by the police. "You could be arrested just for putting your hand on a man's shoulder," recalled Sanderson. Five decades later, Brady and Sanderson were married in an impromptu courthouse wedding, with police officers as witnesses.
The film is also a celebration of the history of gay Chicago. "There have been some wonderful books, like Queer Clout, and the sweeping exhibition at the Chicago History Museum," Gasparini says. "But Chicago doesn't get the credit it deserves as a focal point in gay culture and history. I hope this film will help elevate it alongside San Francisco and New York."
A short portion of the film is available on the film's IDA web page: www.documentary.org/film/candypants . Anyone interested in supporting completion of the film can make a tax-free donation through the web page as well.
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