Shaz Bennett; 2017; USA; 84 min.
When Leo (Martin L. Washington Jr.) isn’t throwing fish guts at his day job in a cannery or caring for his twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington), he moves gracefully from stage to ring as both an aspiring drag queen and promising boxer. Set against the scenic backdrop of rural Alaska, writer-director Shaz Bennett’s feature debut builds on her festival-favorite short film of the same name. With entertaining musical interludes and a strong supporting cast that includes Matt Dallas, Christopher O’Shea, Margaret Cho, Jason Scott Lee, and Nia Peeples, ALASKA IS A DRAG delivers a punch that’s both glamtastic and heartwarming.
GUEST IN ATTENDANCE: SHAZ BENNETT
CONTENT WARNING: VULGAR LANGUAGE, IMPLIED VIOLENCE