New York-based director Kyle Thrash travelled to Buffalo, upstate New York last winter, to make this video for veteran metalcore band Every Time I Die - an astonishing document of the hard-bitten …
Rainbow Kitten Surprise 'Hide' by Kyle Thrash
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.
|Executive Producer||Joaquin Poblete|
|Production Manager||Lauren Cargo|
|Director of Photography||Ben Carey|
|1st AC||John-Carlo Monti|
|Hair & Make-up||Kimberly Wilson|
|Other credits||Gaffer: 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|
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