In a modern day adaption of Cinderella, a teenager in Alabama sets out to win a drag pageant.
Still recovering from the death of his mother, seventeen-year-old Rodney dreams of escaping his small southern hometown in pursuit of following in his mother’s footsteps as an award-winning pageant queen. Despite an onslaught of bullying and abuse from his step-father, step-brothers, and classmates, Rodney calls upon his best friend Monique and a unique cast of southern characters to help him take the crown in an upcoming teen drag pageant in Atlanta, GA.
This coming-of-age southern dramedy is about following your dreams, overcoming adversity, and forging down your own road no matter how treacherous the path. Imagine if John Waters gave us a movie with a little bit of To Wong Foo, a touch of Steel Magnolias, and the heart of Little Miss Sunshine all bundled as a loose adaptation of Cinderella. That’s “Pageant Material.”
& Madison Hatfield
Filming summer 2018
(MISS DIXIE LEE)
ERIC JAMES MORRIS
In our effort to create a piece of cinema that reflects a realistic portrayal of life as a gay teen in the south, we also sought to create something that could provide real-world support to those who may live similar lives as our protagonist.
Half of the profits earned by the completed film will go on to benefit The Dru Project. This organization seeks to provide support for education on issues facing LGBTQIA community members, assist in the development of Gay-Straight Alliance programs in schools, provide support and consultation for parents of LGBTQIA youth, advocate for greater access to mental health services, and develop future leaders in the LGBTQIA community. (http://thedruproject.org).
- 4 in 10 LGBT youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people.
- LGBT youth are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved.
- 26% of LGBT youth say their biggest problems are not feeling accepted by their family, trouble at school/bullying, and a fear to be out/open.
*Statistics pulled from HRC’s “Growing Up LGBT in America” survey.
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This feature-length dramedy films in Atlanta, GA in late May/early June. Your contribution helps us bring this incredible story to life. With your help we can create a film that not only promotes acceptance, but also provides support to the places and individuals who need it the most.
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