Film by Megan Wennberg "follows four young stars as they prepare for the biggest performance of their lives"
NewFest, New York's 31st annual LGBTQ Film Festival, will host the the U.S. premiere of Megan Wennberg's documentary Drag Kids.
"This triumphant documentary follows the four young stars as they prepare for the biggest performance of their lives at Montreal Pride, demonstrating the importance of artistic expression, community-building, and non-judgmental support for people of all ages," according to NewFest programmers. "A surprisingly moving film about gender, art, and affirming parenting, Drag Kids will have you cheering through tears by its end. This oft misunderstood segment of the drag community deserves more accurate representation in media, and Megan Wennberg’s film is only the beginning."
Through their passionate commitment to being themselves, they have a lot to teach us about ourselves.
Drag Kids will play as the documentary centerpiece of the festival on October 24. The film stars Nemis (age 10; drag name "Queen Lactatia"), Stephan (age 10; drag name "Laddy Gaga"), Bracken (age 12), and Jason (age 12, drag name "Suzan Bee Anthony").
“The Drag Kids are trailblazers, and through their passionate commitment to being themselves, they have a lot to teach us about ourselves,” Wennberg said in a statement. “Sharing this film with audiences has been an incredible experience, and we are excited to share it with America at NewFest."
Drag Kids held its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto in April, and won the Best Canadian Feature Award at the Inside Out LGBT film festival held in Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario.
NewFest runs October 23-29. Watch the Drag Kids trailer below.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.