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Run Time: 89 minutes
What is the distance between fish-guts and Fabulous? Whatever it is, Leo has to travel it and the road is a mess. Leo is an aspiring drag performer who lives and works in a small Alaskan cannery town where tolerance is sparse and life is a daily battle. Leo’s mother left them, his father is a closeted preacher in his own church, his sister is fighting cancer, and his co-workers launch daily assaults against him for being gay. But Leo is a fighter. Literally. His boss sees his skills and begins training Leo as a boxer. Enter two more complications: his dreamy sparring partner Declan and his first boxing match landing on the same day as a crucial drag competition. ALASKA IS A DRAG is the championship fight between the world and Leo, a charming and ferocious hybrid of Ru Paul and Rocky Balboa. If anyone can tie up this trauma in a bow, kick some ass, and look glamorous doing it, put your money on Leo. —C.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 7:35 PM
Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 11:05 AM
American Independents Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
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Shaz Bennett was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she studied acting at the University of Utah. On her way to becoming a writer and director, Bennett worked in a fish cannery, bartended at a mafia bar, and worked as a film programmer at Sundance, LA Film Festival, and AFI FEST. Her films and performance pieces have been presented in festivals, theaters, and museums all over the world.
Filmography: ALASKA IS A DRAG (2017)
ALASKA IS A DRAG (2017)
Jean-Pierre Caner, Shaz Bennett, Melanie Miller, Diane Becker
Jean-Pierre Caner, Lex Benedict, Brooke Sebold
Martin L. Washington Jr, Maya Washington, Matt Dallas, Christopher O'Shea, Margaret Cho, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin Daniels, Nia Peeples, John Fleck, Adam Tomei