And the Rest Is Drag
2009, 32 min., colour, English
And the Rest is Drag explores gender from the perspective of drag kings who consciously and politically queer their gender, both on and off stage. Using an eclectic mix of performance footage, still photography, and interviews with members of the Alberta Beef Drag King Troupe, the film draws audiences into the sexy, rebellious, and sometimes humorous world of drag kinging. And the Rest is Drag questions how different experiences of race, class, size, sexuality and ability inform our many-gendered identities, and invites viewers to do the same.
Created by three gender-queer filmmakers (including a member of the Alberta Beef Drag King Troupe), this film features an introduction of drag kinging by gender theorists Judith 'Jack' Halberstam and Bobby Noble, and interviews with queer spoken word performers T.L. Cowan and Lucas Crawford. The film examines a range of approaches to the performance of masculinity, and the meanings that these performances have for both the kings, and the filmmakers.
*Rated 14+ for Exposure: Edmonton's Queer Arts Festival
Directed by: Melisa Brittain, Shani Mootoo, and Danielle Peers
Produced by: Danielle Peers and Melisa Brittain
Camera: Shani Mootoo, Melisa Brittain, Norah Bowman, and Elaine Wannechko
Featuring: Members of the Alberta Beef Drag King Troupe (Lucas Crawford, Deb Farstad, Michelle Lovergrove Thompson, Norah Bowman, Melisa Brittain, Anon) and T.L. Cowan
Cameos by: Bobby Noble and Judith 'Jack' Halberstam
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Gay Calgary, November 2009, pages 30-31