Giving rare insight into an underground scene, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens captures how a Midwestern city full of vibrant performers tackles complexities of gender expression, personal identity, and human rights--all with humor, great music, big hair, and duct tape. Through an upbeat, entertaining mix of multiple voices and performances, the film invites the audience into a conversation about challenging common assumptions about drag as an artform, and ultimately about gender -- and identity itself.
Jennifer Burton, Tufts Professor of the Practice in the Department of Drama and Dance, is a filmmaker and helms the independent film company Five Sisters Productions. In addition to Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, her films include The Happiest Day of His Life and Manna From Heaven. Working with Tufts student filmmakers, she has produced the Half the History project, a series of short films on women in American history, and Old Guy, a comedic take on ageism in the media. Her publications include Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies, co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and The Prize Plays and Other One-Acts: Zora Neale Hurston, Eulalie Spence, Marita Bonner, and Others. Burton earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in English and American Literature, writing her dissertation on hope in American literature and film.
Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens will be shown in entirety. Q&A discussion will follow with Jennifer Burton and special guests, Professor Kareem Khubchandani, A.K.A. drag queen LaWhore Vagistan, and Quyen Tran/Jayden Jamison KA St. James, one of the drag kings in the film. The event is sponsored by The Friends of Tufts Libraries in conjunction with Five Sisters Productions.