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The Inner Life of a Drag Queen

Sep 08, 2014 | 579 videos
Video by Tony Franklin

In this short documentary, director Tony Franklin profiles a drag queen as he prepares for a night of performances in the Twin Cities. While slipping into his Dolly Parton-inspired persona, he considers questions of identity, masculinity, and performance. "What does make a man a man? It's certainly not just a penis that makes a man a man," he says. "It's about just being you. Whatever that means." 

(Additional credits: Alex Horner, director of photography/editor/color; Joey Verskotzi, music composition; Bryan Hanna, sound mix; Brian Suerth, assistant camera; Nick Leisenheimer, Patrick Schaefer, and Nick Mihalevich, production sound.)

Author: Chris Heller


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