hedwig.jpgJohn Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch screened at the Sundance Film Festival on this day in 2001. An adaptation of Mitchell’s award-winning play, Hedwig follows the adventures of Hedwig Robison, a transsexual rock star from East Berlin, as s/he tours her way across the United States. The film received critical acclaim from critics and festivals nationwide, gaining one Golden Globe and five Independent Spirit Award nominations, as well as a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Film in Limited Release.

Film Factoid: Unlike most movie musicals, many of the numbers in Hedwig and the Angry Inch were performed live, in order to capture the spontaneity of a real-life rock show.