A Night of Short Films with Brian Benson and Cousin Wonderlette!

Join Indievents and Club David, Sunday, January 10, for a night of short films with Brian Benson and Cousin Wonderlette.

Brian Benson is visiting us from San Francisco to share with us several short films he has directed and/or produced. Most of them are starring the lovely San Francisco Drag Sensation, Cousin Wonderlette!

Brian has been making ridiculous movies since he was 8 years old -- only then he had youth as a defense. After studying film at UCLA and San Francisco State University, he directed several festival films and a few commercial videos including an ill fated video about a loose fitting condom. His relatively new alter ego, Cousin Wonderlette, first performed in 2003 at a Late-night live serial show in Los Angeles called THESTRIP, A LIVING COMIC BOOK and then didn't reemerge until 2009 when San Francisco drag superstar Peaches Christ snatched her out of hibernation to perform at her summer screening series MIDNIGHT MASS. Heklina, another legendary drag star, took the risk of putting Cousin Wonderlette on stage in her super successful show TRANNYSHACK at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.

Brian's day job is producing and assistant directing movies and TV commercials and he has over two dozen feature films under his belt. In 2000 he produced his first feature film, HAIKU TUNNEL, which screened at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and then was distributed by Sony Classics. In 2002 Brian received the prestigious Sundance Producer's Fellowship. He followed up with DOPAMINE which won an award at 2003 Sundance Film Festival, RED DIAPER BABY produced for the Sundance Channel, and FULL GROWN MEN a comedy starring Alan Cumming, Deborah Harry and Amy Sedaris which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Brian assistant directed Peter and Benjamin Bratt's 2009 award winning film LA MISSION and he produced Peaches Christ's ALL ABOUT EVIL, a dark comedy starring Natasha Lyonne, Casandra Peterson, Thomas Dekker and Mink Stole which premiered in 2010 at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Simultaneously, he was a producer on HOWL, a film about Allen Ginsberg's poem directed by the Academy Award winning team Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, executive produced by Gus Van Sant and starring James Franco, Jon Hamm, and Mary Louise Parker. HOWL was the opening night film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Last year Brian assistant directed the 2015 Sundance hit, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL staring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard and which is on track for a summer 2015 theatrical release.

Currently, Brian is producing a documentary with Carlos Santana about civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, writing a feature length musical to star Cousin Wonderlette, performing in shows, and teaching a film course at San Francisco State University about, among other things, the appropriateness of inappropriate cinema.

These short films are not for the squeamish. They are hilarious, raunchy, shocking, awe-inspiring, disgusting, appalling, brilliant, and incredibly entertaining. Fans of John Waters' early films will be in heaven! After the screening, we will have an audience Q and A with Brian followed by a social hour.

The screening will be held at Club David in Sioux Falls on Sunday, January 10, 2016, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $10 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets at Club David, Zandbroz, The Last Stop CD Shop, or online at EventBrite (click button below).