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We Loved The Film

April 2nd, 2011 No comments

We all loved the film!  We didn’t have computers with us, and our rooms at Big Ruby’s didn’t have a DVD player, so we were not able to look at it until we returned to Memphis.

We were able to see several shows at 801, so that made seeing the film even better.  It was fun, very interesting, and parts of it were terribly sweet – particularly the scenes with the mothers.  Sushi is our favorite – talented, bright, insightful, and quite funny.  We spent so much time at the shows that Sushi noticed and convinced me to have my picture made – she can be terribly kind to us old lesbians!  Thought you’d think it was cute, so I am attaching it.

Fun at the 801

Thanks so much for helping us make our friend’s 75th birthday so much fun!  Also, we are ready for Audience with the Queens, Part 2, and for our next visit to Key West!

Mary

Memphis, Tn

 

Viewer Film Review….very happy !!

November 5th, 2010 No comments

Hello Robbie,

I loved the film...

I am so very happy to write to you, and to above all thank you, for a job Well Done with “Audience with the Queens”.

I was thrilled with the film!  You see I am already an avid fan of the 801 Girls… walking a thin line between #1 Fan and Stalker according to Gassy.  LOL

I have tried to spend time with them off stage, but they are very popular and busy as you know.  I love them all and it was just wonderful to see that you took the time to give everyone a glimpse into their lives as “people” not just drag queens.  And they are simply WONDERFUL!

Sushi is simply fabulous on stage but your film showed the side of her that most people have no clue about… the relatively quiet one who cares so deeply for others and adores her mother.  The one who will take friends “under her wing” and who works so hard to bring us all such wonderful entertainment and laughter.
And Sam!  I just love her!  Sam is completely genuine inside and out.  What you see is what you get.  She is a joy and her nervousness in the film showed us just how real she is.

Gugi, my Latina Loca and RV, Gassy and all the rest… are just wonderful people in an ugly world trying their best to make it beautiful, if only just for a little while at a time.

I was sad when it ended.  I felt like I was in a room with them and wanted it to go on and on.  I applaud your work!  Kudos!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Much love,

Marie Brilz

“Ticked-Off Trannies” ticks off GLAAD

March 26th, 2010 No comments

The LGBT group launches a campaign against a gay director’s campy revenge fantasy film

By Margaret Eby

If GLAAD has anything to do with it, you’re not going to see Israel Luna’s horror flick “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives” at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. The LGBT advocacy organization issued a call to action today, demanding that the movie be pulled from the festival’s lineup. The reason for the hullabaloo? Well, the film, intended as a campy send-up of 1970s B-movies, shows a squadron of transgender women gruesomely attacked by a group of men. The survivors of the beating then vow revenge, going after their would-be murderers with baseball bats and, one assumes, knives. In its call to arms, GLADD accuses “Ticked-Off Trannies” of conflating transgender women with drag queens and using “exploitative depictions of violence against transgender women in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face.” 

Lest anyone assume otherwise, violence against transgender folks is a serious issue. Clearly, no one should encourage the kind of senseless brutality that transgender people face every day. In real life, that stuff is far from funny. Luna’s film, however, operates far from the realm of real life. In an interview with Queerty, Luna, a gay director himself, explained that the movie is essentially an elaborate revenge fantasy, a way of fighting back against the victimization of the LGBT community. “Whenever I hear people saying ‘Fight hate with love’ and ‘Love the bashers’ I’m like ‘No, fuck that. Let’s go get the bats and bash them back,” Luna said. It’s a controversial point of view, and “Ticked-off Trannies” is the director’s Tarantino-esque enactment of it, a world where transgender women aren’t prey to homophobic slashers so much as badass vigilantes. It’s no more real than the idea of a “good” serial killer or a roving band of Nazi-killers.

Which isn’t to say that makes this world compelling — unlike the GLAAD representatives, I haven’t seen more than the trailer (posted below), which didn’t exactly make “Ticked-Off Trannies” look like Fellini. Still, it seems like much of GLAAD’s protest stems from their judgment that they just didn’t think the movie was that good: “Humour can be used to challenge and subvert, but this movie fails on both counts.” I’m not sure that there are many good reasons for banning a film, but I can tell you this: not finding it funny isn’t one.  

 Here in Key West, Florida some of the local drag queens have had hate spewed at them before. RV Beaumont had a man chase her with a knife. Destiny was in a street with some teens that harassed her and called her vile names…It happens, It’s sad, but it happens. One of the issues the film about drag queens, “Audience with the Queens” , is trying to bring out in the open is that drag queens are like other humans in society, they hurt, they cry, they bleed, the laugh, oh do they laugh, and they love.  Yes, they are a bit different on the outside but on the inside there just like the rest of us… The film’s portrayal of them gives more understanding to a genre of society that has been very much misunderstood and discriminated against by most of society. Get the film and see for yourself….it’s really entertaining !!

Get The Drag Queen Film

March 4th, 2010 No comments

Gassy, Sushi, Samantha and Robbie (the director)

Come see an eye opening, fun and entertaining film about the lives and experiences of a very diverse group of Drag Queen performers in Key West, Florida.

This documentary film goes into the world of drag queens and brings to the audience insight into what drag queens are all about.  The film gives real perspective into the personalities behind the drag queen persona.

The drama behind their stories will draw the audience in and make them want to know these talented and creative men who men who dress up in woman’s clothing and perform.  The film makes the viewer aware of different lifestyles that make up our society and allows for a greater sense of understanding, compassion and acceptance of others who are quite different that most of us.

Viewer Comment

March 4th, 2010 No comments

“Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the life’s of some very versatile

Ready for the Tropic Cinema Premiere

guys/girls. Your film is enlightening, fun, sad entertaining and heart felt…..would love to see and learn more about the 801 Girls! Wishing all of you great success!”

Denise Black
Bristol, R.I.

Drag Queen Fashion….Really? …

February 28th, 2010 No comments

Well now , here’s something a bit different that what the talented drag queens of key west would bring to the stage. But then, it takes all kinds of talent to make the world go round baby…and this can’t compare to what the drag queens, inspired by the designs of Sushi – the design queen of this bunch of drag queens, would ever wear on stage when performing..

this is fashion ?? i'm not so sure !

Last night’s The A*Muse fashion show by Richie Rich in New York was quite a sight to see. Richie, who is the better  half of the outrageous design team Heatherette, brought the aesthetic and the models he’s famous for using to this show too, and while there’s not a ton for us to look at here, it at least looks… crazy?

 Pamela Anderson, Amanda Lepore, Tinsley Mortimer, glitter, spandex…  This is fun, and some good fashion photos, but not a whole lot of talent going on here.  Enjoy !!

Drag Queen Film Premiere at the Tropic Cinema

February 22nd, 2010 No comments

The premiere film screening of “Audience with the Queens” at the Tropic Cinema in Key West, Florida on wed. Feb 17th was absolutely fantastic. The weather was very brisk for Key West, it’s usually nice and warm during the winters here, but this year has been an extreme exception. I was freezing cold while heading to the theatre on my scooter. My beret pilled down over my ears, scarf wrapped around my neck, gloves on my hands, and my girlfriend hugging me on the back, we arrived with a little frost on our noses.

The STARS make an entrance to the Theatre

The place was buzzing with excitement, lots of people were lined up to get tickets, and there were many already inside the theatre. The drag queens led by the star, Sushi, made their grand entrance with the camera rolling. The other drag queens, Samantha, Gugi, Gassy and Deja’ all looked fabulous and had big smiles on their faces as they posed and made clever remarks to each other and to all within earshot. They are so witty, and the banter that goes on amongst them is really quite the show in itself.

 The theatre manager told me the screening was SOLD OUT in advance, so all who were still in line to get tickets were very disappointed. The best part of that is the film “Audience with the Queens” is playing at the Theatre for the entire week so the ones who missed out on opening night will still be able to see the film.

 The film profiles a very diverse group of drag queens who live and perform onstage here in Key West at the 801 Cabaret Club on Duval Street. The group is led by Sushi, the drag mother to many and the beauty and brains who makes the show go for these drag queens. Sushi makes the schedule and hosts many of the shows herself and she the one who has to give them hell If they screw up, or in some cases, get drunk and don’t show up! The film gives the audience some perspective on what a drag queen is and what they’re all about. They are an interesting subculture to explore and I know I’ve certainly learned much about them and in doing so have come to enjoy them very much !

The film stars make there appearance

 The theatre GM asked me to speak for a few minutes before the screening and give my perspective on why and how I came to do this particular film. It is a good story, but that’s for another day. I spoke before the film screened and talked a little of how I came to get the idea for the documentary and how I got involved with this group of drag queens.

One of the “stars” of the film, Destiny, passed away during the making of the film. She’s still a very prominent part of the film. After her death we filmed her funeral but I haven’t yet added that footage to the film. It was a sad day but drag queens have a different perspective on how to have a funeral.  Destiny’s dad was in attendance for the premiere, and in my remarks from the stage about the film, I dedicated the screening to “Destiny and her dad”. The only way I knew her dad was there was Destiny’s niece, who I met at the funeral, came up to me before the film started and told me. After the screening I made sure I met Destiny’s Dad and we had a nice conversation about his son. It was a very touching ending to a great evening.

The film screens at the Tropic for an entire week. Starting Feb 17th with two shows a day.  I think I’ll end here and continue this a bit later