Producer’s Statement: Si Litvinoff
One day, I received a phone call from the artist Sven Lukin and the cinematographer Frank Simon, asking to see me ASAP. We met and they described to me what was to be the 1967 Drag Queen Miss America contest at Town Hall in New York City and asked if I would be interested in producing a film documentary of the event. They showed me the formal printed announcement of the event. The event was sponsored by George Raft , Huntington Hartford (the Woolworth heir), and Edie Sedgwick. If that wasn’t enough, it stated “For the benefit of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America; Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, Honorary Chairman.” It was described to me as “Ziegfeld’s psychedelic rewrite of Helzapoppin...a satirical happening.” Obviously, I was hooked.