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Rainbow Kitten Surprise 'Hide' by Kyle Thrash

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.

David Knight - 12th Apr 2018

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Kyle Thrash
Producer
Ian Ross
Executive Producer
Joaquin Poblete
Production Manager
Lauren Cargo

Camera

Director of Photography
Ben Carey
1st AC
John-Carlo Monti
Steadicam
Jordan Marable

Wardrobe

Hair & Make-up
Kimberly Wilson

Editorial

Editor
Matt Schaff

Grading

Colourist
Samuel Gursky

Commission

Commissioner
Mandee Mallonee

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

David Knight - 12th Apr 2018

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