Our Lady of Tamale, A Short Documentary About the Famous Tamale Lady of San Francisco

“Our Lady of Tamale” is a short documentary by director/filmmaker Cecil B. Feeder that focuses on Virginia Ramos, the wonderful and famous Tamale Lady of San Francisco. The film features over fifty different San Francisco musicians singing her praises in 30-second soundbites and was originally Ramos’ own idea.

In 2003, after seeing the premiere of Cecil B. Feeder’s debut film, “Meter Maid Me Mad,” Ramos asked the director to make a documentary of her life to be shown at her upcoming 50th birthday celebration. Feeder agreed and called on San Francisco’s music community to write and record 30-second songs about Ramos and her contribution to the city’s nightlife and culture.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.