Within the first jagged frame of Adam Reign and Etienne Truchot’s documentary film We Are Legend—the celluloid celebration begins: a cacophony of bombast and kinetic energy confront you in blurs of black and white and sharp penetrating focus alike. The once underground world of voguing is laid out before you: its characters, its heroes, its mavens, its ball queens who fill the room and loom larger than the entire history of Mardi Gras and the circus combined.
Not since Jennie Livingston or David LaChapelle have we seen such a transformative film. What is the active ingredient? The documentarian acting not as journalist, but as admirer.