Meet the Logo30: Gregg Araki

The auteur tells queer stories on the big and small screen, while reveling in a lack of censorship.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2019 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.

Since making his directorial debut in 1987 with the low budget but well-received Three Bewildered People in the Night, Gregg Araki has been writing and directing films that tell queer stories, become cult hits, and often have crossover appeal, like Mysterious Skin and Kaboom, which won the first Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. The auteur has gone on to create the Starz series Now Apocalypse, which premiered in March and centers around a group of young adults navigating sex, drugs, and fame in Los Angeles.

“I’ve always kind of been really interested in punk rock music, and alternative music, and just marching to the beat of your own drummer,” Araki tells Logo. “Being out is definitely a giant part of that. My queerness, or whatever—my fluidity, is so much a part of my identity as a person and so much a part of the work I do as a filmmaker.”

Watch Logo’s full interview with Araki below.

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