Newfest Review: ‘Susanne Bartsch: On Top’

She is the host with the most

Susanne Bartsch is a name within NYC that does not need any introduction.  She is the hostess with the mostest, known for throwing some of the most extravagant parties NYC has ever seen.  Susanne is also known to be a mother of sorts to many of the queer people living in NYC.  She has an eye for talent, and when she takes you under her wing then you know you have what it takes to succeed.  And it is about time that a documentary about her has come to be.

Susanne Bartsch: On Top is a documentary that really tells the story of who Susanne is.  The documentary focuses on a night on the town with Susanne.  This documentary shows parts of Susanne that people don’t really get to see such as how she gets ready, the planning and detail she uses when putting on her look, and what it is like to be an underground legend.

Some fun parts of the documentary include moments where legends such as Amanda Lepore and Rupaul describe the impact that Susanne has had on them as far as helping their careers start and grow.  Another interesting thing that the documentary talks about is how Susanne has impacted the LGBTQ community as a whole.  Susanne was one of the people who brought attention to the AIDS crisis in the 80s, throwing the Love Ball which garnered the attention of many celebrities.

Overall, this documentary does a great job in really conveying how important Susanne Bartsch is.  Not only is she a legend in NYC, but she is someone who can be considered an icon all across the country, maybe even the world.

We screened the film at NewFest 2017.