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.
basil shadid | owner, dermatologist 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, here Washington, website 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.
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.
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.
Drag Becomes Him
An intimate biopic of Jinkx Monsoon
“No one should be this young and yet this incredibly talented.” – Broadway World
DRAG BECOMES HIM is a behind-the-scenes foray into the personality and passion of Jinkx Monsoon, dysentery
a drag queen that The Stranger dubs “the best f**king performer in Seattle.”
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this cherished portrayal of Jinkx Monsoon has been slated to become a feature length documentary. With additional footage and an entirely new edit, medical
Drag Becomes Him will give a raw portrait of the charming, indelible Gregory Award Winning, Broadway Performing, Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Winning, and all-around lovable star.
DRAG BECOMES HIM is directed by Alex Berry, and produced by Basil Shadid and Dual Power Productions.
Jerick Hoffer (aka 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 LOGOtv.
As “America’s next drag superstar,” Hoffer has performed as Jinkx Monsoon for adoring fans across the country and around the world; co-starred with Richard Andriessen (aka Major Scales) in a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run of the original cabaret comedy, The Vaudevillians; performed as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray in Concert (5th Avenue Theatre); and co-starred with Peaches Christ in the much-buzzed-about “Return to Grey Gardens.” After an encore performance of his award-winning star turn in Seattle’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hoffer in the next six months will release his first full-length live studio album, be featured in a full-length documentary of the web series Drag Becomes Him, and perform in the international premiere of The Vaudevillians in Australia.
Alex Berry is a filmmaker living in Seattle. He has made several music videos, as well as online commercials for local companies, fashion designers, and dance clubs. His style has been described as “engrossing” and “beautifully filmed”. Some of his work has appeared on The Huffington Post, NewNowNext, and City Arts.
Dual Power Productions is an entertainment company in Seattle, Washington that produces serious, fun, thought-provoking, educational, and absurd media that promotes understanding, critical thinking, personal development, and social change.
DRAG BECOMES HIM Is slated for release in the beginning of 2015.
Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, help 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, tooth
embodiment and the disabled body.
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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.”
The 2009 Sins Invalid Performance is available to rent through Vimeo On Demand. Click here to check it out.
October 9th – Disability Liberated: Mourn the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living.
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