kings, queens, & in-betweens
"a fantastic doc about the drag scene in Columbus"
Director: Gabrielle C Burton
Runtime: 90 mins
GENRES: documentary, LGBT, gender studies, human rights, cultural studies, sociology
Through the compelling stories of 8 performers in the thriving drag scene in the unlikely location of Columbus, Ohio, KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS dives into the next frontier -- the often misunderstood topic of “gender” itself. With humor and pathos, KQIB makes a complex subject approachable for mainstream audiences -- inviting viewers into a conversation about the distinct differences between gender, sex, and sexuality that has not been represented in film before. Giving rare insight into an underground scene, KQIB captures how an unlikely midwestern city full of vibrant performers tackles complexities of gender expression, personal identity, and human rights--all with humor, great music, big hair, and duct tape. Through an upbeat, entertaining mix of multiple voices and performances, KQIB invites the audience into a conversation about challenging common assumptions about drag as an art form, and ultimately about gender -- and identity itself.
KQIB is an entertaining ethnographic documentary that provides a colorful look into a world few have seen up close. Structured like a Chuck Close painting, KQIB presents a large community in their own voices, rippling out to reveal the critical consequences of how gender divisions impact our culture and society—in areas from bullying, to marriage rights, to LGBTQ discrimination. KQIB peels back the layers of identity, highlighting the diversity of human experience. The film focuses on the West Family drag queen and Royal Renegades drag king troupes -- people who dedicate themselves to extensive rehearsals, putting their own money (up to $5000/show) into drag as creative expression, personal exploration, community involvement, and/or political activism.