Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel

Last updated
Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel
Directed by Wes Hurley
Produced by Wes Hurley
Harmony Arnold
Jennifer Zeyl
Marc Kenison
Written by Wes Hurley
Marc Kenison
Starring Waxie Moon
Sarah Rudinoff
Marya Sea Kaminski
El Vez
John Osebold
Inga Ingenue
Erin Emlyn Badenhop
Jackie Hell
Music by Eric Lane Barnes
Jerry Peerson
The Little Penguins
Jeremiah Oliver
Sarah Rudinoff
Cinematography Wes Hurley
Edited by Wes Hurley
Production
company
I Ate My Eyes Films
Release date
2011
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel is a 2011 pop-art musical comedy from cult filmmaker, Wes Hurley. [1] [2] It stars the renowned performance artist, Marc Kenison as his gender-bending burlesque personae Waxie Moon, as well as The Stranger Genius-award winners, Sarah Rudinoff, Marya Sea Kaminski and John Osebold, Nick Garison, Keira McDonald, Sage Price, Brandon Petty, Erin Emlyn Badenhop, Inga Ingenue, Lou Henry Hoover, with memorable cameos by Jinkx Monsoon, Lynn Shelton and Jackie Hell, among others. The film also features an original soundtrack with music by Campfire OK, Jose Bold, Gretta Harley, We Are Golden, The Little Penguins and Brendan Patrick Hogan. Two songs were arranged and recorded exclusively for the film by Eric Lane Barnes - his original composition "Everything is on Fire" performed by Sarah Rudinoff and a techno version of "Cold Song" performed by Nick Garison. Wade Madsen, Anna Allen, Inga Ingenue and Waxie Moon choreographed the film's many dance sequences. Several hundred looks were created for over 200 performers by the costume and makeup designer, Harmony Arnold. The Genius-award winner Jennifer Zeyl served as the art director for the film.

Musical theatre work that combines songs, music, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals.

Comedy genre of dramatic works intended to be humorous

In a modern sense, comedy refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, television, film, stand-up comedy, or any other medium of entertainment. The origins of the term are found in Ancient Greece. In the Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by the political satire performed by the comic poets at the theaters. The theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance which pits two groups or societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. Northrop Frye depicted these two opposing sides as a "Society of Youth" and a "Society of the Old." A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a relatively powerless youth and the societal conventions that pose obstacles to his hopes. In this struggle, the youth is understood to be constrained by his lack of social authority, and is left with little choice but to take recourse in ruses which engender very dramatic irony which provokes laughter.

Wes Hurley is an American movie director, writer and producer. He is known for his ongoing collaborations with Seattle's popular theater, drag, and cabaret performers and artists including Waxie Moon, Sarah Rudinoff, Jinkx Monsoon, BenDeLaCreme, Jackie Hell, and others. Born and raised in Vladivostok, Russia Hurley is best known for raising awareness of human rights violations in Russia and for his cult films including Waxie Moon, Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel, Zolushka, Peter and the Wolf and the popular series Capitol Hill.

Although, primarily a comedy, Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel experiments with narrative structure by switching genres to mirror Waxie's social standing and emotional state, and in the process eschews Hollywood's traditional treatment of its female protagonists. Other experimental elements in the film include the generous use of Bertolt Brecht's alienation effect and its highly stylized movement and blocking, which often reference choreographers such as Martha Graham.

Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht, known professionally as Bertolt Brecht, was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet.

Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer

Martha Graham was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her style, the Graham technique, reshaped American dance and is still taught worldwide.

Release

The film premiered in Tel Aviv and went on to screen in Scotland and Japan. After its initial premiere in Seattle, Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel became a local cult favorite. [3] In Seattle the film continues to screen monthly in the tradition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live performances and hosts such as Jinkx Monsoon, Jett Adore, BenDeLaCreme and Sarah Rudinoff. Many of these screenings benefit local charities. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

<i>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</i> 1975 film by Jim Sharman

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and actor Richard O'Brien, who is also a member of the cast. The film is based on the 1973 musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show, with music, book, and lyrics by O'Brien. The production is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1960s. Along with O'Brien, the film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick and is narrated by Charles Gray with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre, and Belasco Theatre productions including Nell Campbell and Patricia Quinn.

Jinkx Monsoon Drag performer

Jerick Hoffer, better known by the drag persona Jinkx Monsoon, is an American drag performer, actor, comedian and singer best known for winning the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

BenDeLaCreme American drag performer from Seattle, Washington

BenDeLaCreme is the stage persona of Benjamin Putnam, an American drag queen, burlesque performer, and actor based in Seattle, Washington. She is known for being a contestant on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. She is also known for her solo shows Terminally Delightful, Inferno A-Go-Go and Cosmos, and as co-creator and host of burlesque revues Freedom Fantasia and Homo for the Holidays.

In 2015 the film was released on DVD and streaming video by Ariztical Entertainment under the title 'Fallen Jewel'. The DVD release features an introduction by Jinkx Monsoon. [13]

Related Research Articles

<i>Death Becomes Her</i> 1992 film by Robert Zemeckis

Death Becomes Her is a 1992 American black comedy fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by David Koepp and Martin Donovan, and starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, and Goldie Hawn. The film focuses on a pair of rivals, who drink a magic potion that promises eternal youth, but experience unpleasant side effects when they physically die, becoming walking, talking corpses.

Tom of Finland Finnish artist

Touko Valio Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, was a Finnish artist known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic fetish art, and for his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. He has been called the "most influential creator of gay pornographic images" by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade. Over the course of four decades, he produced some 3500 illustrations, mostly featuring men with exaggerated primary and secondary sex traits, wearing tight or partially removed clothing.

<i>The Stranger</i> (newspaper) Alternative biweekly newspaper in Seattle, Washington,

The Stranger is an alternative biweekly newspaper in Seattle, Washington, U.S. It runs a blog known as Slog.

Sarah Rudinoff is an American actress, singer, and writer. She the recipient of a 2004 Genius Award from the Seattle, Washington alternative weekly newspaper The Stranger.

<i>Boat Trip</i> (film) 2002 film by Mort Nathan

Boat Trip is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Mort Nathan in his feature film directorial debut and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Vivica A. Fox, Roselyn Sánchez and Roger Moore. The film was released in the United States on March 21, 2003.

El Vez American musician

Robert Lopez, better known by his stage name El Vez, is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter and musician, who performs and records original material and covers classic rock songs. Mixing the styles of Elvis Presley and many other American rock artists with his own Latin-American heritage and music, he is known for expressing revolutionary views through the satire and humor in his songs.

<i>A Bucket of Blood</i> (1995 film) 1995 television film directed by Michael McDonald

A Bucket of Blood is a 1995 American black comedy horror film directed by Michael James McDonald. The film also features Will Ferrell in his film debut, and Jennifer Coolidge in only her second film role. It is a remake of A Bucket of Blood, the 1959 cult film directed by Roger Corman, who produced the remake. Both films tell the story of a nerdy busboy who turns to murder in order to create his unique sculptures. The remake, made for Showtime, was later released on home video under the title The Death Artist. It has never been made available on DVD. The 1995 remake follows the original closely, with some changes, including a contemporary setting.

Alycia Delmore is an American actress in films and theater.

Megan Griffiths American screenwriter, cinematographer and film director

Megan Griffiths is a filmmaker who resides in Seattle, Washington, USA and a board member of Northwest Film Forum.

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.

Waxie Moon (performer)

Waxie Moon is a gender-bending neo-burlesque persona of the performer Marc Kenison. Kenison studied modern dance at Juilliard School and acting at University of Washington. During his six years dancing for the Jose Limon Company, Kenison performed for the White House and toured other parts of the world, including the war-torn Sarajevo and El Salvador. After co-founding the Washington Ensemble Theater in Seattle, Kenison turned to burlesque and created Waxie Moon, whom he describes as "the gender-blending queer lady boylesque performance art solo stripping sensation".

Colby Keller American pornographic actor, model and artist

Colby Keller is an American visual artist, blogger and pornographic film actor. His career in porn film started in 2004 at Sean Cody and has since expanded to include such studios as Cocksure Men, Randy Blue, Titan Men, Falcon, CockyBoys and Men.com. Keller has amassed a large fan base with both his films and his long-standing blog, The Big Shoe Diaries. He has been nominated for a number of awards and in 2013, World of Wonder awarded him the WOWie Award for Best Blog. Keller has also appeared in the short, Zolushka, a queer retelling of Cinderella and the popular series Capitol Hill both by the cult filmmaker Wes Hurley.

Capitol Hill is a comedy-horror soap opera web series, which premiered on The Huffington Post website in 2014. The series was created, written, directed and produced by Wes Hurley. The show is named after Seattle's historic Capitol Hill neighborhood.

David Schmader is an American writer known for his solo plays, his writing for the Seattle newsweekly The Stranger, and his annotated screenings of Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls. He is the author of the 2016 book Weed: The User's Guide.

LGBT culture in Seattle is part of overall Pacific Northwest culture. People in the city are considered non-hostile toward the sizeable gay minority, and the city of Seattle has protected gay and lesbian workers since the passage of the Fair Employment Practice Ordinance in 1973. Seattle's LGBT culture has been celebrated at Gay Pride Week which began in 1977. Gay cabaret traveled in a circuit including Seattle and San Francisco since the 1930s. Seattle had gay-friendly clubs and bars since the 1930s including The Casino in Underground Seattle at Pioneer Square which allowed same-sex dancing since 1930, and upstairs from it, The Double Header, in continuous operation since 1933 or 1934 until 2015, was thought to be the oldest gay bar in the United States.

Robbie Turner is the stage name of Jeremy Baird, an American drag queen and writer most known for competing on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

References