It’s a safe bet that you like Trixie Mattel. If you don’t, then it’s almost certainly because you haven’t yet been properly introduced. She’s charming, talented, funny, musically gifted, and has taken her RuPaul’s Drag Race momentum and started a marathon career. From web series UNHhhh to The Trixie and Katya Show on Viceland to releasing albums and selling out venues across the country that are much larger than gay bars, she’s on a roll. And now there’s a documentary about the rising star called Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts.
The feature-length exploration of exactly how much work goes into a career in giant wigs, directed by Nicholas Zeig-Owens, also boasts a cast of Drag Race alums like Katya, Willem, Peppermint, Bob The Drag Queen, and Ru himself, veterans of the grind who know that stardom isn’t guaranteed. Currently the documentary is hitting queer film fests, but it’s likely you’ll be seeing this one get a theatrical release, and it’s a lock that you’ll be able to stream it sooner rather than later.
Luca Guadagnino, the gay Italian filmmaker who caused a splash with Call Me By Your Name and then the Suspiria remake, is developing a new series for HBO/Sky called We Are Who We Are, to star Chloe Sevigny. It’s a coming-of-age story about two American teenagers living on a military base in Italy. They experience all the typical teenage firsts there, as outsiders in their own little cultural pocket of another country. Sevigny – who we assume plays one of the parents – will be joined by Alice Braga (City of God) and a host of young newcomers like Ben Taylor and Francesca Scorsese (daughter of Martin), as well as pop star Jordan Kristin Seamon and rapper Kid Cudi. It shoots later this month in Italy and we’ll probably get to see it pop up on HBO sometime in early 2020. It’ll be a nice way to enjoy this director’s work while we wait patiently for the Call Me By Your Name sequel. Because we are waiting. And waiting.
Romeo San Vicente works overtime in heels but can’t get a Drag Race audition.