Don’t be a drag, just be a queen! ARRAY Releasing has acquired Alaska is a Drag starring Martin L. Washington Jr. and directed by Shaz Bennett. Ava DuVernay’s company is set to release the drama on Netflix on December 31.
Alaska is a Drag marks the feature directorial debut of Bennett, who also wrote the script. Inspired by Bennett’s own experiences, Alaska is a Drag explores themes around the fluidity of gender identity, conforming to norms and being accepted for who you are.
The award-winning fish-out-of-water dramedy centers on Leo (Washington Jr.), a glam-obsessed young man with dreams of being a drag superstar, while working in a fish cannery in Alaska and defending himself against homophobic attacks. After taking abuse from the town bully one too many times, Leo and his twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington) put his unlikely punching skills to the test with the help of his boss and former amateur boxer (Jason Scott Lee). The film also features Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), Matt Dallas (Baby Daddy, Kyle XY), Christopher O’Shea (Madam Secretary), Kevin Daniels (Sirens, AJ and the Queen) and Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars).
Bennett made her episodic television directing debut on DuVernay’s Queen Sugar and is an executive producer on ARRAY’s recently announced NBC Native family drama series Sovereign. Her television directing credits also include Billions, Bosch and Animal Kingdom. Her TV writing credits include The Glades, UnREAL and the aforementioned Bosch.
“We’re excited to present Shaz Bennett’s Alaska is a Drag as we close out 2020 on a high note,” said ARRAY President Tilane Jones. “Bennett’s expressive storytelling centers the desire to belong and to be accepted completely for who we are. We’re thrilled this expands Shaz’s relationship with ARRAY.”
Alaska is a Drag is the eighth film of 2020 for ARRAY Releasing, which recently released Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy last week on Netflix. The film is produced by Melanie Miller, Diane Becker, Bennett and Jean-Pierre Caner. The acquisition was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein and Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY and by Matthew Wallerstein of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman on behalf of Alaska is a Drag.
Check out the trailer above and the poster below.
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