Making its debut at U.S. film festivals, the M.I. film presents a corner of the LGBTQ world rarely seen in mainstream media. In M.I., filmmakers, Leslie Cunningham and Alana Jones (Co-Producer)
Long a beloved character, the 'drag queen' has often shone on stage and in screen. Birdcage, Tootsie and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Numar are but a few modern examples in a cadre of popular films that brought drag queens to mainstream America, while RuPaul remains relevant in entertainment and reality television decade after decade. Rarely, however, do we encounter drag ‘kings’ or female performers of masculine gender identity in film and on stage despite the ever-presence of women that bend the boundaries of female gender identity.
Laine Brown, a spirited and passionate male impersonator (or male illusionist)
In her fledgling years on stage, Nation's drag ‘family’, the House of Tyre from of Atlanta, GA, helped mold into a ‘super studd’, embodying a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-
Set in the American South, M.I. uses candid interviews, live performance footage, artful b-roll, images of striking green in the Carolina Piedmont and more to bring viewers through the flashing lights into the heart of Nation Tyre. Featuring music and special commentary by Hip Hop’s hottest female duo, KIN4LIFE, their “Lone Ranger” song, a featured track in the film, is in response to the recent wave of media attention focused on attacks and bullying targeting LGBTQ youth. KIN4LIFE offers important commentary at the end of the film.
"I believe that we uncovered some powerful and fundamental ideas about life and identity that we hope will challenge viewers thinking about women, in general, and speciﬁcally, on drag stages reaching beyond the borders of the LGBTQ community," says Cunningham.
A TRIBES Entertainment Film, M.I. debuted this past March at the Hayti Heritage Film Festival in Durham, NC, one of the longest running film festivals in the country, and the film is now on a 2012 Pride Festival tour with screenings in cities including Philadelphia, St. Louis, Nashville and Raleigh at their annual Triangle Black Pride Festival.
Officially selected to be screened for three consecutive days at downtown Durham's historic Carolina Theatre as a part of the 2012 North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, M.I. will show on 8/10@7:
For more information about the film, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl, or to watch for upcoming film screenings, visit www.maleillusionistthefilm , www.facebook.com/
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