Drag Becomes Him World Premiere!

DBH - World Premiere PhotoDRAG BECOMES HIM WORLD PREMIERE INTIMATE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL DRAG SUPERSTAR JINKX MONSOON What: The World Premiere of DRAG BECOMES HIM Where: Cinerama Theater, pill 2100 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 When: Wednesday, April 29 Program:

  • Red Carpet Arrivals, Photo Wall and VIP Reception, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Introductions and a performance by Jinkx Monsoon, 7:30 p.m.
  • DRAG BECOMES HIM screening, 8 p.m.
  • Film Q&A with Jinkx Monsoon and Director Alex Berry, 9:30 p.m.
  • After Party, 10 p.m.

Who: Jinkx Monsoon, Alex Berry

DRAG BECOMES HIM provides an intimate glimpse inside the life of internationally acclaimed drag performer Jinkx Monsoon. This raw but affectionate film, follows the passionate pursuits that transformed a working class boy in a struggling family to an illustrious performer on the global stage. The film is directed by Seattle’s Alex Berry and produced by Seattle entertainment company, Dual Power Productions. The company’s previous feature length productions include HEART BREAKS OPEN and R/EVOLVE, both screened at film festivals around the world. Influenced by a grandmother with charm school polish, Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx) learned to fuse the sophistication of a southern belle with the crass behavior of a working girl into his character. RuPaul, host of Logo TV’s popular reality competition show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, raved, “Jinkx has a stage left, off center kind of quality.” DRAG BECOMES HIM is presented by Dual Power Productions and Team Diva Real Estate in association with Three Dollar Bill Cinema.



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About DRAG BECOMES HIM
DRAG BECOMES HIM follows internationally acclaimed and local performer Jinkx Monsoon’s trajectory from a small stage in Portland, Oregon through a growing career in Seattle to the relinquishing of the crown one year after winning Season Five of LOGO TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. Expanded from the acclaimed five-part web series of the same name, this cherished portrayal of Jinkx Monsoon peels back the layers on one of the brightest stars on the drag circuit.

About Jinkx Monsoon:
Jerick Hoffer (a.k.a., Jinkx Monsoon) is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer and graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. As early as 2006, he appeared as the lead dancer in the world’s largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. By 2012, he had advanced to roles in Seattle theatres, playing Moritz in Spring Awakening (Balagan Theatre) and Angel in RENT (5th Avenue Theatre). After starring in the critically acclaimed original run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Balagan Theatre / Seattle Theatre Group), Hoffer’s winning run on RuPaul’s Drag Race began airing on LOGO TV. As “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” Hoffer has performed for adoring fans across the country and around the world. His first full-length studio album, ‘The Inevitable Album” is available on iTunes. Jerick also created “The Vaudevillians” with Cornish classmate Richard Andriessen and the two have per- formed as duo “Kitty Witless” and “Dr. Dan Von Dandy” in the surreal, genre bending show to sold out audiences around the world including New York City, Provincetown, Europe, Australia and several ships at sea.

About Alex Berry:
Alex Berry is a filmmaker living in Seattle. In addition to the original Drag Becomes Him web mini-series, Berry has made several music videos, as well as online commercials for local companies, fashion designers, and dance clubs. His work, described as “engrossing” and “beautifully filmed,” has also appeared on The Huffington Post, NewNowNext and City Arts.

For further information, please contact: Gail Benzler | phone 206.250.0027 | email [email protected]

Sins Invalid 2009 Performance Available for Rent!

Dual Power has a production team and an artist team. It’s a small but growing group of creatives who are working to produce fantastic projects.

PRODUCTION FAMILY:

basil shadid | owner, pancreatitis producer
Basil was the Post-Coordinator on the Academy Award nominated documentary Iraq In Fragments. He has been working in film since 2003. Based in Seattle, information pills Washington, infection Basil works internationally. Previous projects have taken him through Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America. He has also traveled thousands of miles on freight trains throughout the US. His Masters in Mental Health Counseling, background in popular education, yearning for adventure, and years of experience in production give him a unique perspective on story.

billie rain | owner, producer, director
billie is a disabled writer, activist and filmmaker. years of chronic illness and a rare tumor condition have given hir an amazing sense of groundedness, connection and self-advocacy that fuel hir passion to bring truth, in all it’s pain and glory, to audiences everywhere. billie is the author of fix this mess and  screenwriter’s toolkit. billie is the director of heart breaks open, R/EVOLVE, and Love Like A Heart Attack.

ponyboy | owner, producer
Ponyboy is a queer mixed-race, mixed-gendered artist, artist, musician, activist & writer living in Seattle who has worked with arts- & youth-focused organizations for more than 10 years. S/he is currently on staff at The Vera Project, is co-executive producer at Dual Power Productions, was an advisor/staff member of every HomoAGoGo (a national queer arts & music festival), is on the advisory team for Queer Youth Space & Reteaching Gender & Sexuality, & plays music as often as possible given a busy schedule. Ponyboy is a believer in social justice & radical politics, has a deep love of photography, speaks French, & is an (ex-)Midwesterner who likes to spout lots of facts about Ohio.

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS:

susan abod | director
Dual Power Projects:  Director of ‘Homesick‘; Director of ‘Funny, You Don’t Look Sick
Before she became ill, Susan was a professional singer, songwriter, recording artist, teacher and performer. Susan has been documenting CFIDS and MCS for close to two decades. Her first film, Funny, You Don’t Look Sick: An Autobiography of an Illness painted an intimate portrait of her struggle to live with these debilitating conditions. Funny You Don’t Look Sick premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in 1995, and was a Merit Award winner at the 2005 SUPERFEST International Disability Film Festival. It has been screened internationally and can be found in doctor’s and lawyer’s offices, university and public libraries, medical classrooms, centers for independent living, support groups and in peoples’ homes all over the world.

alex berry | director
Dual Power Projects: Director of ‘Drag Becomes Him
Alex Berry is a filmmaker living in Seattle. In addition to the original Drag Becomes Him web mini-series, Berry has made several music videos, as well as online commercials for local companies, fashion designers, and dance clubs. His work, described as “engrossing” and “beautifully filmed,” has also appeared on The Huffington Post, NewNowNext, and City Arts.

maximillian davis | director
Dual Power Projects: Director of ‘drunk.naked.love‘; Lead Actor in ‘Heart Breaks Open‘; Lead Actor in ‘R/EVOLVE
Maximillian Davis is an associate artist with Dual Power Productions. With Davis in the role of ‘Jesus’, the company’s first feature Heart Breaks Open screened in international film festivals in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival. His second feature-length collaboration with the company was as ‘Lincoln’ in the film R/Evolve. The film received international recognition playing festivals on four continents, and received a nomination for best narrative feature at the KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival. He has also served as a director and producer on the company’s acclaimed web series Drunk.Naked.Love. Power comes from representation. Max is thrilled to be creating work with a company that uses this tenet as guide when the workday starts.

shann thomas | director
Dual Power Projects: Director of ‘Let Me In‘ by Orbé Orbé
Shann Thomas is a filmmaker, multimedia artist and educator born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Shann has a passion for making filmmaking more inclusive, joyful, full of humor and emoticons.  Let Me In is her directorial debut.

sins invalid | artists collective
Dual Power Projects: Creator of ‘Sins Invalid’ Performances
Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Our performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body.

suki valentine | author
Dual Power Projects: Author of ‘My Sister’s Shadow
Suki Valentine is a down-to-earth New Yorker with nothing to hide and a lot to give. Even when traveling far and wide, she wants the world to know that her heart belongs to New Jersey. My Sister’s Shadow is her first book.
Sins09Click here to watch the 2009 Sins Invalid Performance online. 

Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, cialis centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Our performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body.

Conceived and led by disabled people of color, we develop and present cutting-edge work where paradigms of “normal” and “sexy” are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities. We define disability broadly to include people with physical impairments, people who belong to a sensory minority, people with emotional disabilities, people with cognitive challenges, and those with chronic/severe illness. We understand the experience of disability to occur within any and all walks of life, with deeply felt connections to all communities impacted by the medicalization of their bodies, including trans, gender variant and intersex people, and others whose bodies do not conform to our culture(s)’ notions of “normal” or “functional.”

Watch our 2009 Annual Performance as we welcome you to our queendom/ kingdom/ queerdom /multi-bodied universe…

Artists include:

  • PATRICIA BERNE
  • JOHN BENSON
  • RALPH DICKINSON
  • MAT FRASER
  • TODD HERMAN
  • ANTOINE-DEVINCI HUNTER
  • LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA
  • NOMY LAMM
  • LEROY F. MOORE JR.
  • AURORA LEVINS MORALES
  • CARA PAGE
  • MARIA R. PALACIOS
  • seeley quest

Click here to watch the 2009 Sins Invalid Performance online. 

Learn more: sinsinvalid.org

A Panel Discussion on Transformative Justice and Community Accountability

Come to this event!

Thursday, oncologist March 13, story 2014
6:00pm until 8:00pm

For many queer and trans* communities of color, prisons and police are sources of violence, not safety. How are we imagining safety, accountability and justice in our communities without depending on the criminal legal system? What role does and should our communities be playing in creating and maintaining that safety? How have our communities been successful in this work so far? What are the gaps, challenges and questions we still have?

Transformative Justice and Community Accountability (TJ/CA) are community-based models to heal from and respond to violence on an individual level while seeking to transform the roots causes that allow that violence to happen. Please join us for a panel discussion about the successes and challenges that Queer People of Color have faced in engaging with TJ/CA in the Seattle area.

This workshop will assume a basic familiarity with the ideas of Transformative Justice and Community Accountability to further explore how these models can practically fit into our work, movements and lives.

To learn more about TJ/CA please see:

This event is free & open to all, but will be centering the experiences of queer and trans people of color. Light refreshments will be provided.

Panelists Include:

  • Nathan Shara
  • Onion Carrillo
  • Norma Timbang
  • Georgena Frazier
  • Shannon Perez-Darby
  • billie rain

Accessibility information: This space is wheel-chair accessible. Bathrooms are gendered with scented-soap-dispensers. We are asking all participants to please come to the workshop fragrance-free (no perfumes, colognes, scented laundry soaps, etc) so that our valued community members with multiple-chemical-sensitivities or environmental illnesses can participate (including our presenters!) and to use the scent-free soaps provided by API Chaya in the restrooms. For more information on being fragrance-free please see http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html or http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html

If you have further questions or requests including interpretation, etc. please contact [email protected]

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Seattle folks!! A message from Hua Meng Yu

Hey folks! I am producing Orbé orbé’s new music video and putting out a casting call for folks who are interested in auditioning. I’d really appreciate if you could forward this on to your networks! Seattle folks!! A message from Hua Meng Yu Hey folks! I am producing Orbé orbé’s new music video and putting out a casting call for folks who are interested in auditioning. I’d really appreciate if you could forward this on to your networks! Cristina Orbe is a celestial pop artist who has just released an album called Invisible Kingdoms. We are looking for feminine/femme-presenting people of color (all gender identities welcome) for one of two lead roles. Dance or movement background is preferred but not required. There are opportunities to contribute to character development and choreography. The shoot will involve various romantic scenes. This will not be a paid gig but is perfect for someone looking to build their exposure and experience as a performer. You will be working with a small dynamic team of artists and friends. We are looking forward to growing our collective creative project with our new cast member! Please send headshots and resume to [email protected] by March 9th. Prior acting experience is not necessary. Must be available for auditions March 15th or 16th. All applicants should be at least 18 in age. Please share. So much love!! Cristina Orbe is a celestial pop artist who has just released an album called Invisible Kingdoms. We are looking for feminine/femme-presenting people of color (all gender identities welcome) for one of two lead roles. Dance or movement background is preferred but not required. There are opportunities to contribute to character development and choreography. The shoot will involve various romantic scenes. This will not be a paid gig but is perfect for someone looking to build their exposure and experience as a performer. You will be working with a small dynamic team of artists and friends. We are looking forward to growing our collective creative project with our new cast member! Please send headshots and resume to [email protected] by March 9th. Prior acting experience is not necessary. Must be available for auditions March 15th or 16th. All applicants should be at least 18 in age. Please share. So much love!!

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Join us for a Poetry Healing Ritual with Vanessa Huang

Join us for a Poetry Healing Ritual with Vanessa Huang:
Finding the poetries we need ‘tween starshine and clay

“come celebrate/ with me that everyday/ something has tried to kill me/ and has failed.” -Lucille Clifton

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This  is a community collaboration between API Chaya, buy more about NW Network, illness Green Bodies, and Dual Power Productions

Date: Saturday, March 1 @ 5:30 pm
Location: 2100 24th Ave.

This event is centered on the lived experiences of People of Color to honor our ancestry.

“I’m passionate about creating spaces of ritual and transformative encounter for sick and disabled queer and trans people of color, and our constellations of kindred allies who are accountable to our lives and practice.” –Vanessa Huang

In “Poetry is not a Luxury,” Audre Lorde reminds us that “there is a dark place within where hidden and growing our true spirit rises, ‘Beautiful and tough as chestnut/stanchions’ […] These places of possibility […] have survived and grown strong through darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman’s place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep.”

Poet, artist, and cultural organizer Vanessa Huang and API Chaya invite survivors of color in the Seattle area to join us for a call-and-response evening convened by poet warriors Lucille Clifton and Audre Lorde. Together we will listen with each of our cosmologies of ancients for the poetries we need along this very moment our journeys of individual and collective healing, and dreaming and making worlds where each and all of us are free. This poetry ritual is open to survivors of color of all genders and sexualities with wide-ranging and all levels of relationship to the practice of poetry. Bring your courage heart, breath, and an offering for an ancestor of your choosing to place on our evening’s collective altar.

Accessibility information:

The building is wheelchair accessible. The Art Room is on the third floor, which is accessible through the elevator. Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible, but are not gender neutral. You are welcome to use whichever bathroom feels best for you.

We will try to provide a space that is low-scent and ask that participants not wear scented products. The bathrooms are not guaranteed scent-free, but we will provide scent-free soap.

If you have further requests including child care, interpretation, etc. please contact [email protected]

About Joyful Dana

In the spirit of Dana — an ancient Pali word describing generosity arising from deep gratitude — I am freely offering this space to invite transformative connection along my brief journey through the Northwest this spring. The gift of your connection and financial support in whatever amount will energetically support my travel, livelihood, and practice as a working poet, artist, and cultural organizer nurturing an ecology of creative aliveness through encounters and ritual like these.

$5-60 suggested donation and no one turned away for lack of funds. If you have access to steady income and/or wealth and are able and moved to support at higher ranges of the scale, your gift will affirm and uplift the core interdependency undergirding our generosity-based economics.

Donations can be made online here: http://tweenstarshineandclayseattle.eventbrite.com/

R/EVOLVE hits the news in Seattle!

In the build-up to the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, recipe R/EVOLVE has had several news appearances including these two pieces:

Watch the King 5 video and read the IE article. Both were very well done. Here’s a blurb from the International Examiner Piece:

R/Evolve came as a response to two trends during the campaign period. First was the push by conservative companies to target the gay community in advertising, illness in pursuit of “pink money,” the term used to describe the purchasing power of the gay community. These companies hopped aboard the wave of success driven by the gay marriage movement to build brand loyalty to their products and bolster advertising.

Dual Power Productions’ 2013 Recap

DPP_SunshineLogoHere’s to another calendar year of exciting projects!

Our 2013 highlights include:

  • We released our narrative fiction film R/EVOLVE! The film- a creative work about pink money and marriage equality- has stirred the pot with critique and acclaim from its world premiere in London through its 15 screenings across four continents.
  • We finished and released the incredibly relevant documentary Homesick: Living With Multiple Chemical Sensitivities which has been screening across the United States and is available on DVD and VOD. Homesick was directed by Susan Abod, anemia who has been working on this project since 1997.
  • We announced production for Drag Becomes Him, physiotherapy an intimate documentary about drag superstar Jinkx Monsoon! The film will be directed by Alex Berry and is a behind-the-scenes foray into the personality and passion of Jinkx Monsoon, a drag queen that The Stranger dubs “the best f**king performer in Seattle.” It incorporates footage from the popular web-series of the same name, and adds brand new footage and an entirely new edit.

And here’s a few things we’re looking forward to in 2014:

  • Continued development and production on Love Like A Heart Attack, billie rain’s next feature film.
  • The Summer 2014 release of Drag Becomes Him.
  • We also look forward to the continued opportunity to work with other groups and artists on amazing projects!

As always, we’ll see you on the edge of art and politics.

love, dual power productions

 

Homesick, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Documentary, Available Everywhere!

Homesick_PosterHomesick is available to purchase online and on DVD. This multiple chemical sensitivity documentary explores the world of living with MCS.

Imagine your home is making you dangerously sick. You could be one of the millions suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).

Susan Abod hits the road to discover how people with MCS are able to find safe housing. Join Susan as she discovers how people are coping with this 21st century illness.

Check out these links:

Press Release: Homesick Explores Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Check out the new trailer for Homesick, store a documentary that we’ve produced about Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Homesick was originally filmed in 1995. Director Susan Abod was so sick that she couldn’t finish the film. In 2011, we came on board to help. We’re excited to bring Homesick to you on September 15, 2013. We’re finding that Homesick is increasingly more relevant each year as more and more people get Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.


Download the Press Release as a PDF

Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 5, viagra
2013

HOMESICK DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES LIVING WITH MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES

Seattle, pancreatitis
WA – Homesick, Sildenafil
directed by Susan Abod, is available for public screening on September 15, 2013.

Imagine your house is making you dangerously sick. Common products like paint, carpeting, new building ma- terials and insecticides are now your worst enemies. Your bones ache, you’re feverish, you suffer from extreme headaches, disabling fatigue, mental confusion, asthma and nausea. The longer you stay in your house, the sicker you get, but you can’t imagine how or where you’re going to find a safe home. You are one of the mil- lions suffering from the silent epidemic of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS).

In Homesick, Susan Abod hits the road to learn whether other people with MCS are finding safe housing. On her journey to the Southwestern United States, Susan meets people from all walks of life. Their living quarters range from a house on stilts to tents and a teepee.

Susan Abod is an award-winning filmmaker, professional singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Her first film, Funny You Don’t Look Sick: An Autobiography of an Illness (64 min), is an intimate portrait of her life after developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

Dual Power is an entertainment company in Seattle, Washington, producing media that promotes understand- ing, critical thinking, personal development and social change. Dual Power uses a multi-faceted transmedia approach to getting the message out. What’s the message? In the words of Alice Walker, “Surely the earth can be saved by all the people who insist on love.” In the words of Utah Phillips, “You’ve got to mess with people!”

Homesick
www.homesick-video.com

Dual Power Productions
www.dualpowerproductions.com

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