Documentary on Columbus Drag to Debut at Gateway Film Center

The award-winning documentary KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS, which focuses on the drag kings, queens and transgender performers in Columbus, Ohio, will receive a national VOD launch on March 7 (iTunes, Amazon, and cable providers), as well as a limited theatrical release on March 3 in both New York City and Columbus, Ohio, and expanding to additional cities after.

The national release of the film will include a series of special engagements at Cinema Village in New York March 3-9. The events will feature an in-person Q&A with director Gabrielle Burton and producers Jennifer Burton & Ursula Burton of Five Sisters Productions. The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus campaign and The Columbus Foundation are providing support for the New York premiere.

KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS explores a Midwestern city with an extraordinary and unexpected drag scene, and the larger theme of exactly what gender is and means. Through the compelling personal stories of eight drag performers and their troupes in Columbus, Ohio, KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS makes a complex subject approachable for mainstream audiences — inviting viewers into a conversation about the distinct and important differences between gender, biological sex, and sexuality, which has not been represented in film before.

KQIB also stars one of the Art Makes Columbus featured artist, drag performer Nina West (former National Entertainer of the Year).

A heart-warming, engaging film, KING, QUEENS & IN-BETWEENS is thought-provoking and sends a message of love and acceptance, reflecting a community unified in the belief that we are all just human. Of the film, the Cleveland Plain Dealer says, “I fell in love not just with the film, but with the performers…after the make-up and wigs come off, their stories are unforgettable. KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS will make you feel grateful you got to know these particular humans.”


Director Gabrielle Burton is a Wexner Center for the Arts artist residency fellow who won the Ohio Arts Council’s Artist of Excellence award in filmmaking, and was selected to give a TEDx talk on KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS which nearly 150,000 views. Burton helms the indie film production company Five Sisters Productions with her four real-life sisters, making films presented by MGM/Sony, Starz, Showtime, MTV/LOGO, Netflix, AMC/We Channel, and documentary campaigns for companies including Ford and Victoria’s Secret.


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