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Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 November 2006 (USA)
This look at the psychology of drag examines the skills needed for men to transform themselves into women and the interaction between performers and audience. Filmed on location in Portland, Oregon at a legendary nightclub.

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Walter Cole ...
Himself - Darcelle XV walter cole (as Darcelle XV)
Roxy L. Neuhardt ...
Himself - Roxy Le Roy roxy l. neuhardt (as Roxy Le Roy)
Kevin Cook ...
Himself - Poison Waters kevin cook) (as Poison Waters)
Donavon Banks ...
Himself - Tiara Desmond donavan banks (as Tiara Desmond)
Donald Kahapea ...
Himself - Destiny Lynn donald kahapea (as Destiny Lynn)
Wayne Chamberlain ...
Himself - Celeste Towers wayne chamberlain (as Celeste Towers)
Thomas Bentley ...
Himself - Tommy Girl thomas bentley (as Tommy Girl)
Laurel Laurie ...
Herself - Community Activist
Juan Carlos Hernandez ...
Himself - Dooneshka
Brian Block ...
Himself - Ginger Lee
Bryan Hall ...
Himself - Liza Minelli
Casey Ipock ...
Himself - Monica Boulevard
Mitchell Underwood ...
Himself - Mr. Mitchell
Kathy Bamback ...
Herself - Community Activist
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This look at the psychology of drag examines the skills needed for men to transform themselves into women and the interaction between performers and audience. Filmed on location in Portland, Oregon at a legendary nightclub.

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Heather Mosher received credit as both Director of Photography, at the beginning of the film, and Cinematographer, at the end of the film. Caleb Heymann received credit only as Cinematographer, at the end of the film. See more »

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At seventy-five, Darcelle continues to work as a performer and activist, helping people find holes in their fences, openings to a wider world. See more »

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References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

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Rhinestone Cowboy
Performed by Mike Borgstrom
Written by Larry Weiss
Used by Permission of WB Music
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24 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I tend to avoid movies about drag performance because they so often try to scintillate or romanticize under the guise of serious documentary inquiry. Not so for Queens of Heart. This is an intellectually honest and simultaneously witty account of the role that drag performance plays in communities - in particular for audiences who are torn between their own sexual needs (regardless of sexual orientation) and the display rules imposed on them by their religious norms. The documentary manages to link the viewer emotionally to both, performers and audiences, but also provokes a lot of thought about how judgmental people are - oneself included - without becoming didactic. Queens of Heart also pulls of another trick: it can be viewed by non-academic audiences for an entirely informative and satisfying experience; but it also provides enough psychological and/or political theory that the academic types can fry their brains for days. And have I mentioned the music? There is some new and truly amazing stuff in there next to the old warhorses. In sum: it's a documentary well worth your time.


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