Drag Movies at the Library

The fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is underway and it seems fitting to turn our attention to the movies that feature drag performances. If you are a fan or just want to see what drag is all about, here’s a selection of DVDs from our collection that you can check out.

We’ll also be showing Paris is Burning, a movie about the fashion-obsessed New Yorkers who created “voguing” and drag balls, as part of our LGBT Movie Nights. You can catch it on Thursday, April 5th at 9pm at Ballantine 013.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the DesertThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam, and Ralph each has his own reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered pink tour bus “Priscilla,” the trio heads for the outback and into crazy adventures in even crazier outfits


La Cage Aux FollesLa Cage Aux Folles

This farce features the owner of a drag-revue nightclub and his partner, the high-maintenance diva who is the star of the show. When the owner’s son becomes engaged to a politician’s daughter, the family puts on a very different kind of show for her conservative family. We also have The Birdcage, an American adaptation of this French comedy.


Connie and CarlaConnie and Carla

Best friends Connie and Carla aspire to become musical theater stars but when they witness a mafia crime, it seems they’ll never be able to make it big without exposing themselves. While on the run they see a drag revue and decide to go undercover as drag queens. The plan seems to working as soon the girls rise in the ranks of L.A.’s drag community. There is a small complication, however, when Connie falls for a guy who is seeking out his cross-dressing brother.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar DVD CoverTo Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

En route from New York City to Hollywood for a drag queen beauty pageant, Noxeema, Vida and Chi Chi are stranded in a tiny Midwestern town when their 1967 Cadillac breaks down. When their glitz and glamour wake up the sleepy local citizens, the stage is set for an outrageously funny weekend.


Venus Boyz DVD CoverVenus Boyz

Venus Boyz takes the viewers on an extraordinary journey into the universe of female masculinity. Filmed in New York City and London, this eye-opening documentary uses the performances of drag kings as a starting point into the topic of transgenderism.


 Wigstock: The Movie DVD CoverWigstock: The Movie

This documentary goes behind the scenes at Wigstock, an outdoor drag festival in New York. It features performances by acclaimed performers RuPaul, Lipsinka, and The “Lady” Bunny. It is a raucous look at the self-proclaimed “Super Bowl of Drag.”



The Pink Mirror (Gulabi Aaina) DVD CoverThe Pink Mirror (Gulabi Aaina)

A colorful, funny look into the Indian homosexual closet, this film pits two Indian drag queens against a westernized gay teenager in a battle to woo a handsome hunk. Underneath the humorous exterior, the film is an exploration of the Indian gay landscape and understanding of the deep, humanly tender bonds that exist between drag queens who form unique non-patriarchal families. Hindi with English subtitles.

If you want to see live drag, you don’t even have to leave Bloomington. Here’s a list of groups and events in our community that have drag performances.

GenderF**k IU
This all-inclusive drag show is having it’s second performance at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8pm.

Miss Gay IU and Hoosier Daddy
OUT, IU’s GLBTQA Student Union, hosts these pageants annually. Dates for 2012 have not yet been set.

Gender Studs
This Bloomington-based drag king group gives performances all over town. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.

West End Girls
This group of drag queens gives performances at Uncle Elizabeth’s every Friday.

3 thoughts on “Drag Movies at the Library”

  1. I admit that never heard of drag performances before, but coming across your blog and the different titles you have reviewed, I am definitely going to check at least couple out.

  2. Indian culture has captivated the hearts of many hungry for unexperienced tastes people. “The Pink Mirror” goes far beyond the cultural differences between the civilizations following the plot line of two funny and colourful homosexualists.

  3. I agree with what Molly Sue said. “Indian culture is very interesting and needs to be looked at more.”

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