John Waters is one of the leading filmmakers of the American underground scene. From his home city of Baltimore, Maryland, Waters began his career as a teenager making scatological B&W short films. Eventually, his color, feature-length gross-out production Pink Flamingos became a monster hit on the midnight movie circuit in the early '70s, securing Waters' place as an underground icon.
After making several more "filthy" feature films, but wanting to achieve more mainstream success, Waters finally did so with the PG-rated musical comedy Hairspray. Since then, he made the major studio film Cry-Baby before going back to the indie film world with Serial Mom, Cecil B. Demented and others.
Waters has also narrated and appeared as an interviewee in numerous documentaries, hosted a show on Court TV, written several books, performs a live stage show and has branded himself as a respected cultural commentator.
Watch Streaming Films By John Waters:
A Dirty Shame (2004)
Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
Serial Mom (1994)
Desperate Living (1977)
Female Trouble (1974)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Multiple Maniacs (1970)
The Diane Linkletter Story (1970)
Mondo Trasho (1969)
Eat Your Makeup (1968)
Roman Candles (1966)
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964)
Streaming: Desperate Living
After killing her husband, a harried housewife goes on the lam and ends up in a village that is is ruled over by an evil queen and is populated solely by degenerates and criminals.
Streaming: Female Trouble
Delinquent teenager Dawn Davenport (Divine) runs away from home and gets sucked into a world of outrageous criminal activity by a twisted couple hellbent on proving that “Crime Is Beauty.”
2012 Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
The 11th annual Lausanne Underground Film Festival will honor special guest John Waters and screen films by Brian Lonano, Don Swaynos, Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt and more.
Watch Now: 1984 Interview With John Waters
Cult filmmaking icon John Waters is interviewed on a Provincetown public access TV show in 1984 before he hit mainstream success with Hairspray.
2012 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
The 13th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival will celebrate New Irish Cinema by Ivan Kavanagh and others, plus screen films by Bobcat Goldthwait and more.
2012 Calgary Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
The 9th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival runs on April 16-22 and screens Alex Ross Perry’s acclaimed The Color Wheel, Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America and more.
Low Budget Hell: Making Movies With John Waters
Robert Maier’s memoir Low Budget Hell details his working relationship with iconic cult movie director John Waters, plus his own long career making indie movies.
Excerpt: Robert Maier On Edith Massey
Filmmaker Robert Maier reminisces about the time he spent with John Waters actress Edith Massey and the documentary he made about her.
Movie Trailer: Of Dolls And Murder
Of Dolls and Murder is a feature-length documentary film that examines mankind’s fascination with the hows and whys of human beings killing other human beings.
Kickstarter: Mink Stole’s Do Re Mink
Mink Stole, the memorable star of so many John Waters films (Desperate Living, Female Trouble, etc.) is raising funds via Kickstarter to release her first CD, Do Re Mink.