Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel

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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
I Ate My Eyes Films
Release date
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.

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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.


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

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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]

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