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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]

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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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/

Watch Suki reads from 'My Sister's Shadow'

Suki Valentine reads from her debut novel “My Sister’s Shadow” at BlueStockings Bookstore in NYC on August 22, viagra here 2013. This video was filmed by Pat Moonblood.

A Coming-Of-Age Story of Travel, pathopsychology Magic and Healing in the Aftermath of Loss and Trauma

My Sister’s Shadow is a tale of travel, love, loss and magic. 19 year old Freesia, a goth feminist poet, grapples with her relationship to others and to herself in the wake of her sister’s suicide.

Author Suki Valentine is a writer, activist, artist and long-time rabble-rouser. Bronx-born Suki Valentine has nothing to hide and a lot to give. This is her first book.

My Sister’s Shadow has been published by Dual Power Press. Dual Power is an entertainment company in Seattle, Washington. We produce media that promotes understanding, critical thinking, personal development and social change. Our work can be serious, fun, thought-provoking, educational or absurd. We use 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!”

Find Out More / Purchase The Book:
http://dualpowerproductions.com/my-sisters-shadow/

My Sister's Shadow – NYC Reading @ BlueStockings

A Coming-Of-Age Story of Travel, surgery Magic and Healing in the Aftermath of Loss and Trauma

Join born-and-bred New Yorker and author, neuropathologist Suki Valentine, as she reads from her debut novel, My Sister’s Shadow. In this tale of travel, love, loss and magic, 19 year old Freesia, a goth feminist poet, grapples with her relationship to others and to herself in the wake of her sister’s suicide.

Author Suki Valentine is a writer, activist, artist and long-time rabble-rouser. Bronx-born Suki Valentine has nothing to hide and a lot to give. This is her first book.

My Sister’s Shadow has been published by Dual Power Press. Dual Power is an entertainment company in Seattle, Washington. We produce media that promotes understanding, critical thinking, personal development and social change. Our work can be serious, fun, thought-provoking, educational or absurd. We use 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!”

August 22, 2013 – 7pm – 9pm
Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen Street, New York, New York 10002

Find Out More / Purchase The Book:
My Sister’s Shadow Website
Facebook Event Page

R/EVOLVE Seattle Special Preview Screening – June 6, 2013

563366_404086183014098_1764060735_nWhile the official Seattle Premiere of R/EVOLVE wont be until Fall 2013, obesity we’re offering a Special Preview Screening of the full film. This is your first chance to see R/EVOLVE in a theater in Seattle! You’ll also get to see a new short film by the rad folks at Reteaching Gender & Sexuality.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP9vvIhFjpA
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2400612/

When:
Thursday, syphilis June 6, practitioner 2013
7:00pm until 10:00pm

Where:
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Tickets:
$10 for the general public
$7 for students & seniors
$6 for NW Film Forum members

Tickets will go on sale through the Northwest Film Forum website in about a week. We’ll announce that on this page when the information comes through.

R/EVOLVE SYNOPSIS:
Lucas and Lincoln just got engaged. Marriage equality may soon be legal, and Lucas will have everything he wants—a career and a stable home with Lincoln.

Meanwhile, Lincoln is leading a major account at his advertising firm—one that will rehabilitate the image of conservative company Big Corp by having its CEO grandstand for the marriage equality campaign. The approach could secure loyal “pink money” for Big Corp and launch Lincoln’s career. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but Lincoln senses something isn’t right.

When he picks up a free-spirited hitchhiker named Raccoon, Lincoln inadvertently enters a world of art and activism. New concepts of freedom and stability are revealed to him, awakening the artist inside him. However, his newfound radical politics quickly jeopardize his work, his relationship and the struggle for marriage equality, leaving everyone asking, “What is the face of equality and what is the price?”

CAST & CREW:
R/Evolve is a Seattle made project:
Directed by billie rain
Starring:
Maximillian Davis
Lil’ Snoopy Fujikawa
Lowell Deo
And many many other local talent helped to bring this project to life.

R/EVOLVE also features music from some great bands including My Parade, Agatha, RVIVR, Fit For Hounds, Funerals, Ragana, P. Stackin, Papa M, and more.

MORE INFO:
Check out the these links for more info:
http://www.revolvemovie.com/
http://www.dualpowerproductions.com/
http://www.reteachinggenderandsexuality.org/
http://www.nwfilmforum.org/

Event: Accessibility In The Arts, with billie rain

AccessibilityFlyerWhen:
Tuesday, information pills May 21, prostate 2013
7-9pm

Where:
University of Washington
HUB 106
1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, Washington

Livestream:
This event will be live-streamed at this link:
http://dualpowerproductions.com/accessibility-in-the-arts/

What:
this multimedia workshop will be part presentation, part brainstorm session.

billie rain will present hir experiences and thoughts as a disabled collaborative filmmaker and disability justice activist. this will be a jumping off point for a discussion on issues facing disabled filmmakers and artists. specifically we will be discussing how access issues can be proactively confronted in the arts.

Who:
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’s filmography:
To Be A Heart (Short) – 2006
Humor Me (Short) – 2010
Heart Breaks Open (Feature) – 2011
R/EVOLVE (Feature) – 2013
Love Like A Heart Attack (Feature) – Forthcoming

Thanks for watching the Sins Invalid 2009 Performance

Humor Me and BED: A Place Called Home will be screening on Wednesday, thumb June 27 at Gallery 1412 in Seattle as part of The Sissy Collective‘s Short Film For Funds event.

Humor Me

Humor Me is a 9-minute documentary short that briefly interviews three sex-workers about a funny and humanizing moment from the job.

BED: A Place Called Home

Billie’s estrogen grows dense tumors in the soft tissues of her body. Her body is filled with tumors that, rx on days, buy information pills like this, make bed a place called home.

About The Sissy Collective (from their website):

We exist for sissies, nerds, geeks, outcasts, wimps, weaklings, survivors, gender deviants, People of Color, queer folks, trans folks, and anyone who has ever felt on the outside or oppressed in their ability to share their art.

We want to create intentional space for people in the arts through regular events in a variety of mediums. We’re working towards creating community that centralizes the marginalized.

We hold ourselves accountable to continually grow, change and evolve in our goals, events, and community building.

Thanks for watching the 2nd year of our pay-per-view webstreaming of our 2009 performances! From August 5th – 11th, viagra
we hosted a successful online viewing our 2009 performance.

The 2009 performance features the artistic works of Aurora Levins Morales, stuff
Mat Fraser, Cara Page, Nomy Lamm, Leroy Moore, seeley quest, Maria Palacios, Antoine Hunter, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, John Benson, Todd Herman, Ralph Dickinson and Patty Berne.

Screenings: Humor Me! & BED

Humor Me and BED: A Place Called Home will be screening on Wednesday, thumb June 27 at Gallery 1412 in Seattle as part of The Sissy Collective‘s Short Film For Funds event.

Humor Me

Humor Me is a 9-minute documentary short that briefly interviews three sex-workers about a funny and humanizing moment from the job.

BED: A Place Called Home

Billie’s estrogen grows dense tumors in the soft tissues of her body. Her body is filled with tumors that, rx on days, buy information pills like this, make bed a place called home.

About The Sissy Collective (from their website):

We exist for sissies, nerds, geeks, outcasts, wimps, weaklings, survivors, gender deviants, People of Color, queer folks, trans folks, and anyone who has ever felt on the outside or oppressed in their ability to share their art.

We want to create intentional space for people in the arts through regular events in a variety of mediums. We’re working towards creating community that centralizes the marginalized.

We hold ourselves accountable to continually grow, change and evolve in our goals, events, and community building.

Sins Invalid VOD – August 6 to 12

Screenwriter’s Toolkit: 101 Writing Exercises is now available for purchase as a book. Written and refined over the past 8 years, tablets Screenwriter’s Toolkit has been taught at UCLA Screenwriter’s Program and has been an active blog with thousands of visitors. There are plenty of resources that will tell you how to write, doctor what to write and how to sell what you’ve written. Screenwriter’s Toolkit: 101 Writing Exercises will help you practice your writing skills. If you’re experiencing writer’s block, seek use the exercises to get your creative juices flowing.

The book is an updated version of the blog exercises. It brings together new work with practiced ideas. Bring it with you and use it to help you practice the Screenwriting craft.

Purchase It!
• Buy it online!
The Sins Invalid Video On Demand Performance came to Dual Power Productions from August 6 to 12, doctor 2011.

Hey crips, queers, artists, activists, allies, kinksters, kids, and creatures!

As part of our work as interns at Sins Invalid in stunningly wheelchair accessible Berkeley, California, my colleague Allegra and I are helping to launch a new web streaming series of Sins Invalid’s Annual shows. The pilot will be launched on the week of August 6th and will remain online until August 12th. Depending on the success of this venture we do plan to continue the series through the fall and winter!

As you may have seen on www.sinsinvalid.org, our website has a wealth of clips from various Sins Invalid performances. However, this impression of Sins as a sort of cabaret is inaccurate, and we want to bring the full arc of the Sins shows to you, starting with the year 2008. We know that you may have been unable to attend shows in the past, and as a wheelchair user I know how inconvenient and painful traveling can be. This is why we’re taking action and getting Sins to you. This is about getting communities together and celebrating the work of Sins Invalid over the years!

Every piece speaks to and touches the last, they writhe and complicate and bless and grow in one another’s grasp. The 2008 show explores the territories of spirituality, the sacrifice and the sacred, as these themes play out in our relationships and over the landscapes of our disabled bodies. The performers are asserting the blessing that is the knowledge of one’s sexiness, agency, vulnerability, messiness, grace, and power, and if that’s a sin too, then so be it!

This will be a pay per view, sliding scale donation event of anywhere between $0-$100. We are a fiscally sponsored organization; check out the link to the event page to our sponsor’s website where you can make paypal donations. We are making a suggested donation of $10 but no one will be refused the opportunity to view the show for lack of funds.

And the bonus! There will be a discussion packet sent to any interested parties and a live Q & A with directors Patty Berne and Leroy Moore!

This event comes to you through a partnership with Dual Power Productions and is co-sponsored by Fierce Bodies. We hope you’ll check out their sites and support their work!

To participate in bringing a viewing party to your home or group, email [email protected], Allegra Stout: [email protected], Patty Berne: [email protected]?, or myself, Beast Von Fancy: [email protected]!

This is a preliminary event invitation. More details will be released as we create them. Just drop me a line or RSVP to this event to let me know that you’re interested.

Fierce Blessings,
Beast