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Alaska is a Drag screening at Urbanworld
Saturday Sep 23 12:00pm-2:00pm in New York
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.
Most of the time, Leo and his twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington) are left to fend for themselves. To escape the monotony of fist fights and fish guts, they create their own magic – the Northern Lights follow them.
They hang out at the one gay bar in a hundred miles, owned by their surly surrogate mom – Jan (Margaret Cho). Their real mom (Nia Peeples) left years ago and their dad George (Kevin Daniels) preaches on the side of the road.
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 his cannery boss, an amateur boxer (Jason Scott Lee) who offers to train him to be a fighter. And when the new kid in town, Declan (Matt Dallas), wants 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.

Queerguru said this about the Feature Film: β€œIn her enchanting feature debut writer/director Shaz Bennett spares no punches in showing how brutal and isolated Alaska can be especially if you are anything different than the norm.”

Written & Directed by:
SHAZ BENNETT

Produced by:
MELANIE MILLER, DIANE BECKER, SHAZ BENNETT, JEAN-PIERRE CANER

Executive Producers:
P. DAVID EBERSOLE, TODD HUGHES, MAYA WASHINGTON, MICHAEL PAOLILLO, RYAN SMITH

Director of Photography:
ALISON KELLY

Production Designer:
MICHAEL FITZGERALD

Costume Designer:
LAUREN SILVESTRI

Editors:
JEAN-PIERRE CANER, LEX BENEDICT, BROOKE SEBOLD

Music by:
MACIEJ ZIELINSKI

Additional Music:
ALEXIS MARSH, SAMUEL JONES,

Casting by:
CHANELLE DESAUTELS & JOHANNA WEIRAUCH

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Empire Theatre (42nd Street)
234 West 42nd Street
New York, NY

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