Other than the poppers ban, Waters had no complaints about Provincetown, which was reached in 1620 by Pilgrims fleeing persecution and a place that has offered refuge to nonconformists ever since. He thinks it’s the ideal spot to celebrate independence in cinema.
“Provincetown has always been a great place for bohemians,” said Waters, a summer resident for the past 49 years. “And a bohemian in the old days was a nicer way to say ‘part gay.’ It’s still a very mixed crowd of people who don’t like to be like everybody else. It’s like Mortville in [Waters’s 1977 film] ‘Desperate Living’ — a town where you could live if you were too embarrassed to live anywhere else.
“When I’m trying to get celebrities to come here I write, ‘You’ll love it, it’s a gay fishing village!’ ”
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