The veil on the underground subculture of drag kings is pulled back in a new documentary that introduces performance artists who dress in masculine drag.
In the forthcoming documentary, The Making of a King, the audience follows performers on and off the stage as they navigate gender expression, intersectionality, and art. It doesn't hold back on the struggles and erasure of drag kings in the LGBT community.
It includes interviews from some of the most popular drag kings, such as Landon Cider, Havok Von Doom, Phantom Lucky Johnson, Miles Long, and Ivory Onyx.
“This film is really important on many levels,” says Havok Von Doom. “Drag kings have a bad rap even though we put it just as much work, time, effort into every illusion as the queens do. What we do transcends genders. It doesn't matter what's underneath the character that you are seeing. What I hope is that audiences will see this film and realize that drag in general should be celebrated as a mainstream form of entertainment.”
Director Nicole Miyahara has launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to raise $40,000 needed for post-production to finish the film. For more information, please visit the page or follow the film on Twitter: @dragkingmovie.