Waxie Moon

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Waxie Moon
Directed by Wes Hurley
Produced byWes Hurley
Written byWes Hurley
Starring Waxie Moon
Miss Dirty Martini
Miss Indigo Blue
Paula the Swedish Housewife
Music byEric Lane Barnes
Jerry Peerson
The Little Penguins
Jeremiah Oliver
Sarah Rudinoff
CinematographyWes Hurley
Edited byWes Hurley
I Ate My Eyes Films
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

Waxie Moon is a documentary directed by Wes Hurley and centered on the gender-bending Juilliard-trained burlesque performer, Waxie Moon. The film captures the burgeoning and mostly-queer neo-burlesque community in Seattle in the 2000s. It features interviews with dozens of performers and artists, including the burlesque icons Miss Dirty Martini and Tigger!, author and performer Marya Sea Kaminski, drag superstar BenDeLaCreme, and many others. The film also includes the original song, titled "Waxie Moon", which was inspired by James Bond scores. The song was composed by Eric Lane Barnes of the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, and performed by Sarah Rudinoff and Paul Rosenberg. Waxie Moon premiered in Austin, Texas and went on to screen at the Anthology Film Archives, Echo Park Film Center, and at many festivals around the world, including a dozen screenings in Seattle. The film won Best Local Film at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Jury Award for Best Film at Queer Fruits Film Festival in Australia, and Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Soundtrack at Love Unlimited Film Festival. It is available on video from TLAvideo. [1] [2] [3] [4]

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A burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which, in turn, is derived from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.

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