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David Knight - 12th Apr 2018

Kyle Thrash has made searing, sweeping mini-documentaries about American life for hard rock bands, including the ones for Every Time I Die and Microwave that were both nominated at the UKMVAs last year. Now comes something rather different for North Carolina alternative rock outfit Rainbow Kitten Surprise: a revealing and tender portrait of four drag queens in Louisiana. 

The New York-based director takes us into their world, weaving interviews with his subjects – Kev Davis aka Xia Maddix, Ryan McCaleb aka Auda Beaux Di, Rickie Hill aka Rikkii Redd, and Justin Scarbrough aka Britnee Alexander - with the band's track Hide. And crucially each of them have reached a critical points where they have decided not to hide, and to reveal their 'drag queen' alter-egos to some unsuspecting loved ones.

Thrash addresses the tension and potential conflict between self-expression and family bonds - which leads to a nailbiting climax. But ultimately this is a life-affirming story of love and acceptance, while also doing its fundamental job in showcasing the band - who also appear in performance (they have just released their album Friend, Love, Freefall). More impressive work from the talented Mr Thrash.

Credits

DirectorKyle Thrash
ProducerIan Ross
Executive ProducerJoaquin Poblete
Production ManagerLauren Cargo
Director of PhotographyBen Carey
1st ACJohn-Carlo Monti
SteadicamJordan Marable
EditorMatt Schaff
ColouristSamuel Gursky
CommissionerMandee Mallonee
Hair & Make-upKimberly Wilson
Other creditsGaffer: Brighton Linge, Spencer Mann Production Assistants: Rosheka Taylor, Remy Williams Art Dept Runner: Mandy Torres Background Casting: Lauren Cargo Consultant: Lily Keber Sound Design: Bobb Barito VFX: Austin Lepri Special Thanks: Casey Cheramie, Brian Thompson, Devon Kinler, Kenneth Davis, Raleigh Petty, TJ Bryson, Kristina Massie, Ethan Kiermaier, Parker Dunaway, Jared Chapman

David Knight - 12th Apr 2018

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