We all know that the United States is a big place. Many people, however, only get to see different styles of drag from the queens who perform at their local bars or through their television set while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. Two new drag documentaries, each filmed on opposite sides of the country, show two vastly different worlds like you’ve never seen them before.
Watch both films below.
The first film, “Beautiful by Night,” documents three San Francisco-based drag queens. During the 29-minute film, the filmmakers follow around three senior drag queens through their full night of performances at Charlie’s Lounge. It’s definitely a look at a side of drag not represented in most communities.
Beautiful by Night
Starring: Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande, Olivia Hart
The second film, “Beneath the Makeup,” documents three drag queens in Philadelphia. This 28-minute film explores their local scene, delves deep into how drag has positively changed the lives of these entertainers and explores the meaning of drag.
Beneath the Makeup
Starring: Pissi Myles, Ariel Versace, Brittany Lynn