Sonoma International Film Festival

This Filthy World DVD Cover

John Waters Portrait
Saturday, April 14

Doors open at 7:30 pm
Show starts at 9:00 pm
at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall

Seating is limited. Tickets are available in a range of prices (see below for seating plan):

  • Gallery (topmost): $25 
  • Mezzanine (tiered): $50 to $100
  • Orchestra (floor): $100 to $175
  • Front Row Orchestra (includes a private dinner with John Waters): $500


The 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival welcomes innovative American filmmaker John Waters during a special evening on SaturdayApril 14 at the Sonoma Veteran’s Memorial Building.

The night’s events will include Waters’ one-man "vaudeville" show, This Filthy World, that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.” Focusing in on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of the contemporary art world, this joyously devious monologue elevates all that is trashy in life into a call to arms to “filth followers” everywhere.

Tickets range from $25 to $500 that includes a private reception and dinner with Mr. Waters. Show time is 9:00 pm with doors opening at 7:30 pm.

"John Waters exemplifies some of America’s most unique filmmaking beyond mainstream storylines. His ability to portray extreme characters with both darkness and humor is a testament to his extreme talent,” said Festival Director Kevin McNeely. “We are excited and honored to have him attend our festival.”

After slightly more than a decade of underground filmmaking, Waters created Hairspray (1988), a box office and critical success starring the then-unknown Ricki Lake along with Deborah Harry, the late Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Pia Zadora and Ric Ocasek.

The film's success brought Waters major Hollywood backing for his next feature, Cry-Baby (1990), starring Johnny Depp. In 1994, Waters released Serial Mom starring Kathleen Turner and Sam Waterston, which was the closing night attraction at that year's Cannes Film Festival. His early cult classic Pink Flamingos (1972) enjoyed a successful 25th anniversary re-release in 1997.

Read the full press release and the Sonoma Index-Tribune article.
For ticket information and to purchase tickets and festival passes, call (707) 206-4484 or  contact:

Below is the seating plan for the various ticket prices:

Seating chart

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