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Join Sioux Falls Pride, Club David, and Indievents as we kick off Pride week with the feature-length film Alaska is a Drag.
The film is still currently in its festival run and not yet available online or home release. We are very excited to share this wonderful film with the Sioux Falls community.
ALASKA IS A DRAG is a Fish out of water story – literally. Our hero Leo is an aspiring superstar (Martin L. Washington Jr.) stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. Leo sees disco balls in the scales of the fish he slices. Everyone who slices fish all day, daydreams – Leo’s are glamtastic.
Leo and his twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington) are left to fend for themselves most of the time, they have to create their own magic, the Northern Lights follow them.
Most of the time they hang out at the one gay bar in a hundred miles, owned by their surrogate, surly mom — Jan (Margaret Cho).
Their real mom (Nia Peeples) left years ago and their dad George (Kevin Daniels) stands on the side of the road preaching. After years of getting beat up by his former best friend, Kyle (Christopher O’Shea), Leo has learned to fight back — his skills catch the eye of amateur boxer (Jason Scott Lee) who offers to train him to be a fighter. When a new boy in town, Declan (Matt Dallas) offers to be his sparring partner – Leo’s world turns upside down.
When Tristen enters Leo in a drag competition– he’s never performed for anyone but her — his worlds collide — the drag audition falls on the same day as the qualifying round for boxing and Leo has to face the real reason, he’s afraid to leave Alaska.
The film has won several awards including:
SMITHSONIAN AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL Best Narrative Feature
URBANWORLD — Special Jury Mention for “Exquisite Directing”
CHATTANOOGA — Winner Best Narrative Feature
LEEDS QUEER FESTIVAL — Winner Audience Award Best Feature
TULSA AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL — Best Narrative, Best Directing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography
JEROME INDIE FILM FESTIVAL — Best Feature Film
You can watch a clip from the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx9OSETnETo
Preceding the film we will have the Midwest Premiere of the short film Eat the Rainbow. Eat the Rainbow is a new short from the award-winning short film series starring Cousin Wonderlette. The film makes its world premiere in April at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April.
Tickets are only $8 in advance and $12 at the door.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!