Originally released as a five-part web series, Drag Becomes Him is slated to become a feature-length documentary in 2015, thanks to Jinkx Monsoon, filmmaker Alex Berry, Basil Shadid and Dual Power Productions.
Drag Becomes Him is a behind-the-scenes foray into the personality and passion of entertainer Jerick Hoffer, also known as Jinkx Monsoon, a drag queen Seattle’s The Stranger dubs “the best f**king performer in Seattle.” The cherished original series will be expanded to include additional footage and an entirely new edit, offering an even deeper glimpse into the life of this charming, Gregory Award-winning, off-Broadway-performing, RuPaul’s Drag Race-winning, all-around lovable drag superstar.
Drag Becomes Him is directed by Alex Berry and produced by Basil Shadid and Dual Power Productions.
Jerick Hoffer (aka Jinkx Monsoon) is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer and graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. As early as 2006, he 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 theatres, playing Moritz in Spring Awakening (Balagan Theatre) and Angel in RENT (5th Avenue Theatre). After starring in the critically acclaimed original run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Balagan Theatre / Seattle Theatre Group), Hoffer’s winning run on RuPaul’s Drag Race began airing on LOGOtv.
As “America’s next drag superstar,” Hoffer has performed as Jinkx Monsoon for adoring fans across the country and around the world; co-starred with Richard Andriessen (aka Major Scales) in a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run of the original cabaret comedy, The Vaudevillians; performed as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray in Concert (5th Avenue Theatre); and co-starred with Peaches Christ in the much-buzzed-about “Return to Grey Gardens.” After an encore performance of his award-winning star turn in Seattle’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hoffer in the next six months will release his first full-length live studio album, be featured in a full-length documentary of the web series Drag Becomes Him, and perform in the international premiere of The Vaudevillians in Australia.
Alex Berry is a filmmaker living in Seattle. In addition to the original Drag Becomes Him web mini-series, Berry has made several music videos, as well as online commercials for local companies, fashion designers, and dance clubs. His work, described as “engrossing” and “beautifully filmed,” has also appeared on The Huffington Post, NewNowNext, and City Arts.
Basil is an award-winning producer, screenwriter, and camera operator whose film credits include the 2007 Academy Award nominated ‘Iraq In Fragments’, the Emmy winning ‘Girls On The Wall’, and the Seattle-produced ‘Heart Breaks Open’. He co-authored ‘Screenwriter’s Toolkit: 101 Writing Exercises’, has traveled thousands of miles on freight trains across the United States, and loves to swim in open-water lakes in the winter in Washington State.
“Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.”- Kahlil Gibran
Dual Power Productions is an entertainment company in Seattle, Washington. We produce media that promotes understanding, critical thinking, personal development, and social change. Our work can be serious, fun, thought-provoking, educational, and absurd. We use a multi-faceted transmedia approach to getting the message out.
What’s the message? In the words of Alice Walker, “Surely the earth can be saved by all the people who insist on love.” In the words of Utah Phillips, “You’ve got to mess with people!”