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Drag King Extravaganza

Directors: Clare Smyth, Meaghan Derynck
Distributed by: Frameline, 2008

What is a drag king? What is the Drag King Conference? Simply speaking, a drag king is a woman who dresses in a male persona for theatrical purposes. A Drag King Extravaganza, however, reveals that being a drag king is not so simple. Created in 2008, this documentary examines the preceding 10 years, wherein this performance art exploded into a complex and fascinating movement; one that centralizes around an annual drag king conference called the International Drag King Community Extravaganza (IDKE). Within this conference, gender, sexuality, race and ability are explored through in-depth discussions and provocative performances.

This documentary provides a reflexive look at “what is a drag king,” but, more importantly, the personal journeys inside the conference. Interviewees include Christopher Noe, Kentucky Fried Woman, Mel Corn, Deb “Dirk” Pearce, Flare, Julie “Jake” Applegate, Toe B, Sile Luster / Lustivious Dela Virgion, Erin Tarr, Big Papa, Ken Vegas, Dante DiFranco and many more.



Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities

Directed by Monika Treut
Produced by Monika Treut
Distributed by First Run Features, 1999

An illuminating and compassionate look at the world of transgender identity, as seen through portraits of some of San Francisco’s leading gender mixers. Whether by birth or by choice, sometimes with the assistance of hormones or surgical prostheses, we meet those who blur the lines of male and female.

Starring Susan Stryker, Texas Tomboy, Annie Sprinkle, Jordi Jones, Stafford, Sister Roma, and Drag Kings: Mo B. Dick, Duke, Nicky Fingers, Willy Ryder, Uncle Louie and more.



Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens

Directed by: Gabrielle Burton
Distribution: Five Sisters Productions, 2017

Through the compelling stories of 8 performers in the thriving drag scene of Columbus, Ohio, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens dives into the next frontier — the often misunderstood topic of “gender” itself. With humor and pathos, KQIB makes a complex subject approachable for mainstream audiences — inviting viewers into a conversation about the distinct differences between gender, sex, and sexuality that has not been represented in film before.

KQIB is an entertaining ethnographic documentary that provides a colorful look into a world few have seen up close.  Structured like a Chuck Close painting, KQIB presents a large community in their own voices, rippling out to reveal the critical consequences of how gender divisions impact our culture and society–from bullying, to marriage rights, to LGBTQ discrimination.

The film focuses on the West Family drag queen and Royal Renegades drag king troupes — people who dedicate themselves to extensive rehearsals, putting their own money (up to $5000/show) into drag as creative expression, personal exploration, community involvement, and/or political activism — KQIB peels back the layers of identity, highlighting the diversity of human experience:

While RuPaul has mainstreamed the concept of drag queens, there is a lot of misunderstanding on how gender expression relates (or not) with sexual preference and biological sex. (Not to mention the confusion about what drag is, who does it, and why.) Using the door of drag as an entryway, KQIB illustrates how a binary system of gender identity doesn’t reflect our bigger reality.  KQIB gives voice to a marginalized group and, in the end, shines a light on issues that impact all of us.

On the 25th anniversary of PARIS IS BURNING, KQIB picks up where that groundbreaking film left off, and includes women and trans folks equally also.

Notably, KQIB is the first film to include the gender performance spectrum (male, female, trans).

Here’s the trailer, full length coming soon


Venus Boyz

A film by Gabriel Baur

Club Casanova, home of the legendary Drag King Night in New York, is the point of departure for an odyssey to the transgender world. It’s a world where women become men – some for a night, others for a lifetime. The film stars renowned Drag Kings Mo B. Dick, DRED Gerestant, Storme Webber, Diane Torr, Del la Grace Volcano, and Bridge Markland, all women who dress, perform, and/or live as men, with appearances by legendary Drag Queens Mistress Formika and Queen Bee Luscious.

WINNER! Best Film: Semaine de la Critique at Locarno