Filmmaker John Waters achieved what he calls a “sort-of fame” based on his bad taste and others’ bad reviews. “If someone vomits watching one of my films, it’s like getting a standing ovation, ” he once wrote. Sincerely shameless during the 1970s, when the obscenity of movies such as Pink Flamingos shocked audiences, Waters seems to have softened into his 70s; the latest role in his filmography was a part in Alvin and the Chipmunks. His darkly subversive humor—a lifelong This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Films Issue 28 Archive: Grace Kelly Actress, princess, icon, enigma: Understanding Hollywood’s “snow-covered volcano.” Films Issue 29 André Aciman Charles Shafaieh meets the Proust scholar who wrote Call Me By Your Name. Films Issue 30 Teyonah Parris What does it take to get on Barry Jenkins’ call sheet? Candice Frederick speaks to the woman who knows. Films Issue 31 Lukas Dhont The Girl director discusses the language of dance. Films Issue 33 Desiree Akhavan The Iranian-American filmmaker bringing her “weird and sexy” stories—and her parents—to set. Films Issue 35 Greta Lee Greta Lee built her reputation playing charismatic outsiders in other people’s stories. Now, she’s writing her own.