“No one should be this young and yet this incredibly talented.” Turn ‘Drag Becomes Him’ into a full length documentary by Summer 2014.
Help us bring the ‘DRAG BECOMES HIM’ documentary to life with intimate new material, a complete backstage pass, and a new edit by Summer 2014.
DRAG BECOMES HIM 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.”
Originally released as a 5-part web series, this cherished portrayal of Jinkx Monsoon has been slated to become a feature length documentary. With additional footage and an entirely new edit, 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.
As Jinkx Monsoon entertains the world, the DRAG BECOMES HIM web series also reaches an international audience with around a million views and mentions in The Huffington Post, Queerty and NewNowNext. Check out an episode of the popular series.
DRAG BECOMES HIM continues it’s intimate look at the life and work of Jinkx Monsoon. New footage includes childhood memories, family conversations, international tour footage, the making of a music video, thoughts on winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, life on the road, and life in drag.
Jinkx Monsoon is a star in our eyes. Unfortunately, she’s not yet the star that studios will fund a documentary about. Because of that, we’re relying on Jinkx’s fans to help us showcase a fabulous performer with an interesting story.
Kickstarter gives us the opportunity to ask for help. We’ve put in our own money and a plethora of work hours. We’ve been able to capture her story and build on an already popular web series. Now we’re turning to you. Through Kickstarter, no one person has to assume great financial risk. Instead, we can come together as a community, contribute what we can, and all participate in the production of the feature-length DRAG BECOMES HIM documentary.
Kickstarter also gives us the opportunity to get the word out about the film. We want to connect to Jink’s fans and to a whole audience of people who want to see unique performers that are changing the world by showcasing their talent and truly being themselves.
In return, we’ll work our hardest to bring this documentary to you by Summer 2014. We’ll also give you cool rewards for your contributions. We hope that you find this as worthwhile of an endeavor as we do.
Our ambitious schedule can be maintained if we immediately raise our initial goal of $20,000. Of course, as per Kickstarter rules, if we fall short of our goal during the designated donation period, we will lose all money raised, along with the opportunity to finish this film in a meaningful period of time.
Initial Goal: $20,000
DRAG BECOMES HIM is in the unique position of being in production (filming new footage) and post-production (editing) simultaneously.
To present the full range of behind-the-scenes access into the world of Jinkx Monsoon, new shoots are taking place in Portland, Seattle, New York City, Vancouver BC, and in Australia. Costs associated with these shoots include airfare, lodging, equipment, meals, transportation, and time. We save as much money as we can by reducing the cost of our own hours. Key players in the production are not taking a fee. Jinkx is not getting paid to make this documentary. While we’re giving so much to the project, we still have to come up with the costs to keep production going.
Meanwhile, post-production is in full effect. We’re busy re-editing footage from the web series and editing in the new footage that we’ve captured. Our team is working on very tight deadlines so that we can bring the film to audiences this year. In addition to Alex, who is directing, shooting most of the material, and editing, we’re bringing in an Emmy-winning editor with broadcast experience who can do a final pass on the film and help make the project be as entertaining as it can be. We’ve negotiated deals with key crew to bring post-production costs down, but several costs still exist.
Beyond our own time and financial contributions, the time, energy, and project expenses are going to hit $20,000. This is the minimum amount that we need to create this film. If we are able to raise the initial funds, we’ve identified three stretch goals that will help us make a better film for your viewing pleasure.
Stretch Goal 1: $25,000
Our first $5,000 stretch goal will help us take DRAG BECOMES HIM into a post-production audio facility for a complete sound clean up. When Alex Berry started the web series, he didn’t have the equipment necessary to get the best sound possible. As the series continued, the audio quality improved. The new footage is being shot with professional quality audio gear. We want to make sure that you have a seamless experience when watching the final project. An audio facility can help to clean up the audio and mix it to create the best sound possible.
Stretch Goal 2: $30,000
Our second $5,000 stretch goal will help us to take the final film to a professional colorist. A colorist goes through every shot in the film, matches the color look and applies a consistent and stylized look that gives the audience the best viewing experience possible. This will make a huge difference when taking a film shot for the web and translating it to a project that can be displayed on a huge theater screen.
Stretch Goal 3: $35,000
Our final $5,000 stretch goal will help us with distribution and syndication. We are independent filmmakers who want to reach the largest audience possible. It costs quite a bit of money to submit films to festivals, get a film onto iTunes, Hulu, and Netflix, and to organize screenings in small theaters in key cities across the country. Help us get this film delivered to the widest audience possible!
JINKX is not just a great performer; She’s an inspiration. Her dedication, charisma, talent, humility, and grace can serve to inspire people to be true to themselves and create a better, more entertaining world. This isn’t fluff; it really is what we believe. Jinkx moves us. We want to honor that by making a film that can celebrate her by sharing the intimate side of Jinkx Monsoon with the world.
If all goes according to plan, we’ll be premiering the film in July 2014. Festival audiences will have the chance to see DRAG BECOMES HIM at select festivals. We’ll also be organizing a tour of independent theatrical screenings in select cities. If you contribute $50 or more to the film, you will be invited to view the film online during the same week as the worldwide premiere. If you’re unable to contribute that amount, all contributors will be able to see the film before the end of 2014.
Jerick Hoffer graduated summa cum laude with a degree in theatrical performance from Cornish College in Seattle. His talented peers are singing his praises, but his overbearing and impudent persona, known as Jinkx Monsoon on season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race, didn’t go for the academic hype. Jinkx wanted to be famous, not smarter than everyone, and she succeeded.
Influenced by a grandmother with charm school polish, Hoffer learned to combine the sophistication of a southern belle with the crass behavior of a working girl. Jinkx is all about contrasts and what RuPaul describes as “a stage left, off center kind of quality.” With ten years experience on stage, Hoffer is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer who has captured the attention of his native northwest region.
The creation of Jinkx was complicated. “From the movie Death Becomes Her, I was inspired by the crazy extent vain women will go for eternal youth, beauty, and power,” Hoffer explains. “Through Lucille Ball I saw how a woman can bring you to tears with laughter with nothing more than a look. Through the Disney villains I was raised with, I saw how powerful a woman can be, and yet so deliciously evil. And through my mom, I saw not only the trials and tribulations a single mother faces every day, but also the strength and determination a woman can possess when she is trying to provide a bright future for her children.”
Extraordinarily real, some audiences have not yet decided whether Jinkx is a woman or a drag queen. Combatting humble beginnings, struggling for social status, raising a homosexual son striving for fame as a comedian, this well-developed character has attained more than acclaim, but a life of her own.
As early as 2006, Hoffer 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 theaters, playing Moritz in “Spring Awakening” (produced by Balagan Theatre) and Angel in “RENT” (produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre). In 2013, Hoffer will play Hedwig in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (produced by Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group). A trained singer, Hoffer is half of the musical duo The Vaudevillians, a 1920s revival act.
The Jinkx Monsoon personality is a manifestation of years of practice, a career endeavor that began when Hoffer was fifteen. “She is definitely a zany, off the wall, irreverent, gorgeous anachronism,” Hoffer adds. “She simply refuses to let her audience sit idol; she is a powerhouse of song and comedy, igniting her audiences in a frenzy of laughter and sexual tension.”
Jinkx Monsoon is one of the brightest stars on the drag circuit.
DRAG BECOMES HIM is directed by Alex Berry, and produced by Basil Shadid and Dual Power Productions.
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.
Basil Shadid is an award-winning Producer and Camera Operator whose documentary and narrative film credits include the Academy Award nominated ‘Iraq In Fragments’, and the Emmy winning ‘Girls On The Wall’. He produced Live@Sundance, a daily one-hour live episodic series that brought audiences the official voice of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He also co-authored ‘Screenwriter’s Toolkit: 101 Writing Exercises’. Previous projects have taken him through Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and South America. Basil holds an MA in Mental Health Counseling and a propensity for adventure. Ask him about open-water winter swimming or freight-train hopping in the United States.
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. Here are four responses to our previous work:
“This is what queer cinema needs to be – homegrown, authentic, brutally honest”
“A triumph for the LGBT community as it combines prevailing elements of responsibility, intervention, accountability and heartbreak with an underlying but indubitable message of love.”
“It’s going to save lives.”
“I don’t have the words to come close to saying how impressed I am by what you’ve done to make this issue real for people.”
DRAG BECOMES HIM Is slated for release in the Summer of 2014.
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The risks and challenges related to any film are always the same: do you have the time and the resources to make it what you want it to be. We’ve been able to reduce costs greatly by working with people who are dedicated to telling this story at a fraction of their rate. We’ve contributed our own money and time, and simplified the technical resources we need to complete the film. With all of that in mind, we still face a large challenge when it comes to funding the film. We’re hoping you can help us meet that challenge head on. The risk we face is that this campaign won’t be successful. If it isn’t, we won’t be able to deliver the film to audiences, festivals, and theaters. We’re asking you to help us overcome that risk and get involved to make this campaign as successful as possible. We appreciate all of your help.