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Audience with the Queens - a new look at Drag Queens
Audience with the Queens is an award winning documentary on the lives behind the scenes of the Key West Drag Queens
 
Key West Unplugged
 

“This Film is a new look at Drag Queens. Robbie Hopcraft really covers this subject in a new and exciting way as has never been done before. A Must See!!!”

~ Stuart Alson,
Independent Film Quarterly

 

DocMiami Film Festival


2009 Winner NYIIFVF
Best Alternative Lifestyle Documentary


examiner.com
Inside Source for Everything Local

24th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
24th Annual Fort Lauderdale
International Film Festival

Independent Film Quarterly Magazine
Independent Film Quarterly Magazine


Florida Keys and Keysnews.com
The Florida Keys Only Daily Online News

New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
New York International
Independent Film
& Video Festival

ITN Distribution
ITN Distribution
World Wide Independent Film Distribution


Hot Spots Magazine


Topix.net


The Miami Herald

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The documentary film ... Audience with the Queens

Audience with the Queens - The Key West Drag Queens
Samantha, Sushi, Robbie Hopcraft (producer/director), Gugi and Gassy Winds


Sheila Wolf's Queer'lesque Magazine
Audience with the Queens - Key West Drag Queens
February 24, 2011
(loosely translated from it's original German text)

What would we do without the social networks? No one would ever come quickly to the idea of time to scurry to Key West for there to look over a Dokuentation Drag Queens. Should he, however, there happen to be visiting, then I am sure that it is very difficult to pass on sushi and its drag theater. Like the wonderful Melli Magic of Mykonos is a show there every day offered with passion and energy.

The documentation Audience with the Queen of Robbie Hopcraft shows more than just the usual drag entertainment. It shows the person behind the mask, the emotions before the camera, the people in the environment, the friends and family completely different personalities. And on a warm and sensitive way, as I would have often requested by local productions. Audience with the Queen is a documentary glosses over nothing, nothing hidden, nothing misses, nor does the stupid finger. The Queens are in the film are taken seriously and not constantly have to explain why and how, but how? The documentary shows life in a large family with very different female impersonation, for sushi, Gugi, RV Beaumont, Samantha, Destiny, and Gassy Winds are wonderfully different.

Samples, choreography, costumes - everything is designed together. As you can see the times we live such kind must not fake to make it a movie or review. You only have enough good research. The 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West is the stage of fun and should force anyone of you want to escape the cold weather shit ... kiekt're up in Key West, since just 23 ° C plus ... a dream. It should be mentioned, nor dwell unfortunately two of the actors in drag heaven.

The film looks at the moment even more support, so if you happen to be a distribution company that knows a good drag queen Documentary flog in Germany can write me. I forward your ideas on to like Robbie. But I could also imagine that the movie would have good chance on the German film festival. I certainly had fun in the movie...

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Key West filmmaker to show film at DocMiami Film Festival
May 29
Florida Keys Travel Examiner
Jill Zima Borski

Robbie Hopcraft’s documentary film, Audience with the Queens, is to be included in the City of Doral’s DocMiami film festival which runs May 28-30 in Miami-Dade. Hopcraft recently added more material to his fascinating film about the drag queens of 801 Cabaret on Duval Street in Key West, making it almost an hour long. His film is set to air Saturday, May 29 at 2:10 p.m.

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Being Queer & a Queen… Makes Commoving Cinema
The Weekly Newspaper
By Josie Koler
Apr 14, 2010

Grab a retro can of Aqua-net and a Virginia Slim 120 for the viewing of this flick full of fashion, big hair, and bitches!

Independent filmmaker Robbie Hopcraft has a jewel in his collection of documentaries every resident, and visitor should eyeball and enjoy, “Audience with the Queens.”

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Unusual occupation highlighted in Audience with the Queens: A film review
Florida Keys Travel Examiner
Jill Zima Borski
April 10

The star of “Audience with the Queens” has been a drag queen for 25 years, since the age of 17. Gary Marion possesses the desire to perform, the creativity to design and sew costumes and choreograph an entertaining show, and the business sense of knowing there is no successful show without ceaseless promotion.

Filmmaker Robbie Hopcraft is a straight man who has seen the endless wonder of drag queens in Key West. He is familiar with their numerous charitable projects and performances every year in the Southernmost City, and appreciates the remarkable freedom in the Florida Keys to be who you are.

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Solares Hill Soundings
by Mark Howell
2/21/2010

Gassy Winds, Sushi, Samantha & Robbie Hopcraft at Sold Out Premiere of Audience with the Queens

Gassy Winds (J.B. McLendon), Sushi (Gary Marion) and Samantha (Neil Carter) share the limelight with director Robbie Hopcraft at the sold-out premiere of ‘Audience with the Queens’ at the Tropic last week. Playing through Friday, the docudrama takes a hot look at Key West’s coolest trannies and comes up with the sweetest subtext: It’s the mothers of these guys who make it all happen (Sushi’s mom is the inimitable Nobi, who lives here). Their lives together give new and vital meaning to the reality of family — heteros should be so lucky.


Sold-out film on drag queens in Key West is back for more showings
February 19
Florida Keys Travel Examiner - Jill Zima Borski

Back by popular demand, the 2009 Winner of the New York Independent International Film and Video Festival for Best Alternative Lifestyle Documentary is showing for a week from Friday through Thursday, Feb. 19-25, at the Tropic Cinema in Key West.

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Provocative film about drag queens Feb. 17 in Key West.
February 9
Florida Keys Travel Examiner - Jill Zima Borski

Fresh from a successful screening at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the documentary film “Audience with the Queens” will have its premiere local screening at the Tropic Cinema on Wednesday, Feb 17, at 7 p.m.

When a straight guy like Robbie Hopcraft takes a look at the lives and experiences of drag queens, onstage and off, he comes up with an eye-opener that’s both informative and entertaining, regardless of where it’s showing.

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“Audience with the Queens “
An exciting and provocative film about the lives of Drag Queen Performers.


Key West, Florida--The documentary film, “Audience with the Queens,” features a diverse group of drag queens who perform at the 801 Cabaret Club in Key West, Florida. And when a straight guy like Robbie Hopcraft takes a look at the lives and experiences of drag queens, onstage and off, he comes up with an eye-opener that’s both informative and entertaining.

This is Robbie Hopcraft’s first-ever entry into professional filmmaking. It has been accepted into the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and will be screened at the Cinema Paradiso on Fri. November 6th. at 9:15 pm.

Hopcraft produced, directed, and did all the cinematography on the film. After spending hours in the editing room he said: “I sat with my editor through every minute of every scene we put into the film, and that’s tedious work on a project that existed only in my head. He didn’t know the product I wanted, but he did a great job helping me produce the vision.”

Nevertheless, Hopcraft says he’s “extremely nervous about how it will be accepted by the public. Although I’ve lived in Key West 16 years, until I began filming I didn’t have any idea what Drag Queens were all about, but I sure do now,” he said. “I hope it will give the viewers a greater understanding and acceptance of what it’s like to be labeled ‘different’ by our society.”

By gaining the trust of the Drag Queens, Hopcraft was allowed into the inner sanctum—the back-stage dressing room—where everyone is transformed into each Queen’s unique personae.

Hopcraft’s film production company, Key West Unplugged, www.keywestunplugged.com is based in Key West, Florida.

For more information on the Drag Queen film go to www.audiencewiththequeens.com or www.keywestdragqueens.com

Robbie Hopcraft at the Independent Film Festival
Robbie Hopcraft (left) at the
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival


STEVE ROTHAUS of the Miami Herald writes:
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

AUDIENCE WITH THE QUEENS (Unrated) * * ˝

Made in Key West by straight, first-time filmmaker Robbie Hopcraft, Audience with the Queens follows the Duval Street adventures of six working girls at the 801 Bourbon Bar: drag queens RV Beaumont, Destiny (who died last year during the film shooting), Gugi, Samantha, Gassy Winds and star Sushi, who's known nationally for dropping in a giant red shoe during Anderson Cooper's annual New Year's Eve special on CNN. The 30-minute film is a proposed pilot for a TV series.


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Show Business Weekly writes:
AUDIENCE WITH THE QUEENS
"A fascinating glimpse into the lives of drag queens. When a straight guy takes a look at the other side, he unearths an eye-opening film about the lives and experiences of drag queens, onstage and off. But these are not just any drag queens; in Robbie Hopcraft’s new documentary “Audience with the Queens,” he features a very talented and diverse group of cross-dressing queens who perform at the 801 Cabaret Club in Key West, Florida."

Festival founder Stuart Alson
Festival Founder
Stuart Alson

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Reviews

New Documentary Film “Audience with the Queens” premieres at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival ~ Awards Watch, Fest 21.com
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'Audience with the Queens '
An exciting and provocative film about...

PRWeb, October 17, 2009, topix.net

- The documentary film, 'Audience with the Queens,' features a diverse group of drag queens who perform at the 801 Cabaret Club in Key West, Florida. And when a straight guy like Robbie Hopcraft takes a look at the lives and experiences of drag queens, onstage and off, he comes up with an eye-opener that's both informative and entertaining.

This is Robbie Hopcraft's first-ever entry into professional filmmaking. It has been accepted into the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and will be screened at the Cinema Paradiso on Fri. November 6th. at 9:15 pm.

Hopcraft produced, directed, and did all the cinematography on the film. After spending hours in the editing room he said: 'I sat with my editor through every minute of every scene we put into the film, and that's tedious work on a project that existed only in my head. He didn't know the product I wanted, but he did a great job helping me produce the vision.'

Nevertheless, Hopcraft says he's 'extremely nervous about how it will be accepted by the public. Although I've lived in Key West 16 years, until I began filming I didn't have any idea what Drag Queens were all about. I sure do now,' he said. 'I hope it will give the viewers a greater understanding and acceptance of what it's like to be labeled 'different' by our society.'

By gaining the trust of the Drag Queens, Hopcraft was allowed into the inner sanctum--the back-stage dressing room--where everyone is transformed into each Queen's unique personae.

Hopcraft's film production company, Key West Unplugged, www.keywestunplugged.com is based in Key West, Florida.

James von Scholz, Gotham Artists Agency, NY:
"AUDIENCE WITH THE QUEENS is hilariously humorous and insightful as it delves into the lives of the men who transform themselves into some of the best "Drag Queens" at the 801 Club in Key West, Florida and their positive influence on the tourist trade and Key West life. Produced under the watchful eye of  Robbie Hopcraft who's attention to detail is keen and truth-telling, the pacing resembles something out of Weimar Republic Germany (Think Kander/Ebb's"Cabaret" but without Joel Grey). With energy abounding around every corner, he juxtaposes the men in one scene in their street clothes hanging out at the bar (you'd never guess what they do if you saw them on the street) and in the next scene getting "all dolled up" for the show that evening. A rousing mixture of wit, innuendo and sheer fun, bringing about almost spontaneous combustion, "the Queens" with their mascara, wigs and stilettos create a feeling of pure entertainment that transcends typical audiences of this genre and places it firmly in the mainstream... where good entertainment isn’t gender-specific at all." ~


Mark Howell of Solares Hill writes:
"When a straight guy takes a look at the lives and experiences of drag queens, onstage and off, it will be an eye-opener for sure. Robbie Hopcraft’s new documentary, “Audience with the Queens,” features the diverse group that performs at the 801 Club in Key West. His first-ever entry into professional filmmaking, Hopcraft’s show will be screened at The Studios of Key West, 600 White St., at 7 p.m. tonight, March 8. It has also been accepted at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, showing on March 23 at City Cinemas, Village East in New York City.

Mark Howell of Solares Hill
Mark Howell
of Solares Hill

“I’m as thrilled to have it accepted as I am nervous about the reviews,” said Hopcraft, who has lived in Key West for 15 years. He has, he says, always been a moviegoer and amateur videographer, but in 2006 he went ahead and developed his own film business, Key West Unplugged. On “Audience with the Queens” (some of which Soundings has viewed and wildly enjoyed), he served in every role from producer to director, cinematographer to gopher. His ultimate ambition for the production is to turn it into a television series. “We certainly have the characters and all the drama necessary for that,” he said.


 

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