Series/Themes: LGBTQIA+ Focus, Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking
Film Year: 2019
Film Length: 80 min.
Director: Josh Davidsburg
Featuring: Muffy Blake Stephyns, Fidel Morin, Jon Rybka, Chuck McWilliams, Nicole Murray Ramirez
Bureaucrat by day, drag queen crusader by night, Muffy Blake Stephyns has high aspirations. Muffy and her everyday persona, Daniel, must navigate her bureaucratic day job at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC, all while balancing her role in the Imperial Court of Washington DC, a philanthropic organization full of drag queens, drag kings, and other vibrant performers. Every year, the court elects an emperor and an empress. Drawing on experience as a former political consultant, Muffy spends a year campaigning for the title. Davidsburg’s documentary illuminates the thriving D.C. drag scene and explores the story of an individual on a crusade for the community. Discussion with filmmaker Josh Davidsburg and subject Muffy Blake Stephyns, moderated by Alonso Duralde (The Wrap)
This film is part of the LGBTQIA+ series presented by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by the UVA Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the UVA Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and UVA Arts: supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts
Vinegar Hill Theatre