John Waters was drawn to movies at an early age, particularly exploitation movies with lurid ad campaigns. In 1972, Waters created the most notorious film of 1970s American independent cinema, Pink Flamingos. His one man spoken-word lecture entitled “This Filthy World” has been performed around the world. “Carsick,” Waters’s seventh book, which chronicles hitchhiking from Baltimore to San Francisco, is due next June. In 2011, Waters curated Absentee Landlord at The Walker Art Center and was a 2011 Venice Biennale juror. Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Wexner Center International Arts Advisory Council.