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M.I. Documentary Chosen for International Film Festival
Durham filmmaker presents a corner of the LGBTQ world rarely seen in mainstream media
In M.I., Durham-based filmmakers Leslie Cunningham (producer and director) and Alana Jones (co-producer and writer), enter the world of new millennium drag and pick up the torch ignited by films like Paris is Burning to investigate attitudes in the North Carolina LGBT and African-American communities about women in drag.
Laine Brown, a spirited and passionate male impersonator born on North Carolina's rural coast, transforms by taping down her breasts, shaving her head, and studying the masculine performances of Usher, Neyo and many famous male entertainers-
In her fledgling years on stage, Nation's drag 'family', the House of Tyre (tye-ree) from of Atlanta, GA, helped mold into a 'super studd', embodying a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-
"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 filmmaker Leslie Cunningham.
Set in the American South, M.I., A Different Kind of Girl 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.
The film has been well received by diverse audiences across the U.S., including: Atlanta’s Out on Film, the NC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Philadelphia’
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