The Queens | DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE!
Directed by MARK SAXENMEYER
Using the framework of Chicago’s 35 year old Miss Continental Pageant as its backdrop, Saxenmeyer’s entertaining and insightful documentary explores the transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation in all its glittery glory. The journeys of several contestants are explored as they plot their paths to victory. Along the way we meet several other entertainers immersed in this fascinating close-knit community who share the dazzling highs and unique challenges of their lives on and offstage. The film also delves into the rich history of The Baton, Chicago’s historic female illusion showplace (now in its 49th year). A warm profile of Jim Flint, pioneering LGBTQ rights pioneer and local legend, owner of the Baton and the pageant, is also included. Part RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, part POSE, part MISS AMERICA, and all absolutely fabulous, this is THE QUEENS.
***Scheduled to attend: Mark Saxenmeyer (director/writer/producer/editor) and various cast members***