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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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OLCC - Oregon Liquor Control Commission OLOC - Old Lesbians Organizing for Change See more »

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Department of Just Us - Federal Bureau of Indecency Warning This documentary contains language that may be offensive to some viewers. It includes a lot of dirty talk. But as Sigmund Freud once commented, "Dirt is simply matter in the wrong place." This documentary also contains clinical terms that may be offensive to some viewers. Any relationship between diagnostic terms and actual audience members or groups depicted is mostly incidental. For a real diagnosis, consult your personal physician. See more »

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

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Send in the Clowns
Performed by Sophie Smith and Walter Cole
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Used by Permission of WB Music Corp.
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excellent documentary contribution to our understanding of the relationship between drag performance and contemporary gender relationships.
16 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Queens of Heart is a unique documentary project which succeeds in portraying the complex world of drag performance from both the audience and performer's points of view. Telling the story of Darcelle XV, the oldest existing drag club in the United States, Jan Haaken ( producer and director) takes us into the world of 74 year old Darcelle as he describes the personal and cultural motivational sources of his work. The film skillfully weaves this personal narrative into an exploration of audience reaction to the performance. It is in the intersection of audience/performer narrative that the viewer experiences a deeper and more complex understanding of the inherent power of drag performance to expand awareness and appreciation of the fluidity and meaning of contemporary variation in gender expression. I recommend this film highly as a thought provoking, sensitive and often humorous take on a critically important cultural issue.


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