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Steve Yeager

Steve Yeager is a documentary filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland. He is best known for his film on the life of fellow director John Waters, Divine Trash, which won the Filmmakers Trophy for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998.

Divine Trash examines the whole underground film scene of which Waters was and is a part, and contains previously unreleased footage of Waters' early life, and behind the scenes capers of his Dreamland crew, including Divine, the 300-pound tranvestite Glenn Milstead. Those interviewed about the making of Pink Flamingos and the context in which it emerged include actors, critics, and Baltimore's film censor from the era.

Yeager's sequel to Divine Trash, In Bad Taste, a documentary on Waters' post-Pink Flamingos career, aired in January 2000 on the Independent Film Channel.

Yeager played the role of a reporter in both Pink Flamingos and Polyester. As an acting and directing teacher, Yeager worked with emerging Baltimore area actors like Howard Rollins, John Glover, and Kathleen Turner. Yeager directed Rollins in a 1972 production of Of Mice and Men. He teaches at Towson University. He is co-author of a book about Divine, called My Son Divine, written with Milstead's mother Frances.

5th Wall

In 2003, Yeager co-founded the 5th Wall Young Filmmakers Workshop along with Elaine Beardsley. 5th Wall is an organization that gives teenage filmmakers, actors, and artists the chance to participate in the making of a movie. These short student films are shot as profesionally as possible to give the young filmmakers experience on a real movie set. Their efforts are then screened at a local movie theater, an event that includes a red carpet, awards, and a raffle.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

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