Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing has acquired “Alaska Is a Drag,” Shaz Bennett’s award-winning function directorial debut. A press launch confirmed the information.
Penned by Bennett and impressed by her personal experiences, the fish out-of water-story explores “themes across the fluidity of gender identification, conforming to norms and being accepted for who you’re,” in line with its synopsis. The dramedy facilities on Leo (Martin L Washington Jr.), “a glam-obsessed younger man with desires of being a drag famous person, whereas working in a fish cannery in Alaska and defending himself in opposition to homophobic assaults. After taking abuse from the city bully one too many instances, Leo and his twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington) put his unlikely punching expertise to the take a look at with the assistance of his boss and former newbie boxer (Jason Scott Lee).” Margaret Cho co-stars.
“Alaska Is a Drag” snagged honors at Leeds, Urbanworld, and different fests.
As beforehand introduced, DuVernay and Bennett are collaborating on “Sovereign,” a drama a few Native American household that acquired a put pilot dedication at NBC. Written by Bennett and “Drunktown’s Most interesting” filmmaker Sydney Freeland, the mission hails from Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. TV. Bennett additionally directed an episode of “Queen Sugar,” DuVernay’s OWN household drama. Her different TV directing credit embrace “Billions,” “Bosch,” and “Animal Kingdom.”
“We’re excited to current Shaz Bennett’s ‘Alaska Is a Drag’ as we shut out 2020 on a excessive word,” mentioned ARRAY President Tilane Jones. “Bennett’s expressive storytelling facilities the need to belong and to be accepted fully for who we’re. We’re thrilled this expands Shaz’s relationship with ARRAY.”
“Alaska Is a Drag” premieres on Netflix December 31. Take a look at a trailer beneath.