Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, Wildness is a portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar that has been home to Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a weekly party (organized by Director Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom) called Wildness explodes into creativity and conflict. What does “safe space” mean? Who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers creates coalitions across generations.
WILDNESS depicts the creativity and conflict that arises when queer avant-garde performance artists intersect with a community transgender immigrant women at historic Los Angeles bar Silver Platter.
The Silver Platter is a Latin gay bar that has been family-owned since 1963, and today it’s an important safe space for young trans women who are predominantly immigrating from Mexico and Central America. In 2008, a group of artists forged an unlikely and meaningful partnership with the bar and started a party called Wildness. This weekly queer club showcased drag, contemporary art, and international dance music – a compelling contrast to the native scene on the weekends.
In three acts, the film charts the rise and fall of the club, exposing the complex relationships between the young artists, the bar owners, and the community of trans women. Along the way, unexpected conflicts ensue, powerful bridges are built, lives are lost, and the characters are transformed by their collective experience of collaboration. Though vibrant and playful story-telling, WILDNESS both celebrates and looks critically at creativity, nightlife, race, class, gentrification, and social movements – ultimately examining the politics of partying. (Imdb)