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These C*cksucking Tears (Dan Taberski | USA | 15 min.)
In 1973, Patrick Haggerty, the son of a tenant dairy farmer in rural Washington State, released the first and only gay-themed country music album. But with only 1000 copies made, the album soon disappeared and became a gay urban myth. Forty years later and much to Haggerty's surprise, Lavender Country was rediscovered and lauded by critics as 'resonant and wonderful...a rare act of bravery and honesty.'
THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS revisits Haggerty -- now in his 70s and singing 'old songs to old folks' at senior living facilities -- as he deals with the resurgence of a musical dream long since given up for dead. The documentary explores his unlikely personal journey, how he and a group of Seattle radicals co-opted an American art form ready-made for storytelling to tell their own story, and Patrick's relationship to a music industry where 'you can come out as gay but you still can't get up and sing about it.'
Dan Taberski is a director, producer, and writer of film and television. Under Idiot Box Productions, he created and executive produced hit kids show DESTROY BUILD DESTROY for Cartoon Network feminist digital comedy series OUR BODIES, MYSELF with Lauren Weedman. Prior to directing, Taberski was producer for THE DAILY SHOW W/JON STEWART, and worked on economic policy in the (first?) Clinton White House.