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A celebration of the nightclub that, for 20 years, offered a subversive collision of performance, music, fashion, masquerade and fun.
A celebration of the LA nightclub that, for 20 years, offered a subversive collision of performance art, music, fashion, masquerade, community, and fun!
A celebration of the LA nightclub that, for 20 years, offered a subversive collision of performance art, music, fashion, masquerade, community, and fun!
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DRAGSTRIP 66 - THE FROCKUMENTARY

Prior to 1993, best friends and club promoters Mr. Dan (aka Gina Lotriman) and DJ Paul V. had launched a few club nights that never really caught fire. Then, they opened the doors of Dragstrip 66 at Rudolpho’s in Silver Lake, and a bomb exploded. For 20 years, their club was a colorful, raucous bacchanal where all who entered were part of the performance.

Once a month, a neighborhood Mexican restaurant on a nondescript corner in Silver Lake was transformed into a beloved destination for music, dance, fashion and performance art. More than just a dance club, Dragstrip 66 was an irreverent and decadent celebration of self-expression, community, and imagination that invited everyone to participate in its misfit-inspired magic.

Were you the strange kid whose parents put you in the basement to play during parties? Well, Dragstrip 66 was the place where all the strange kids were put in the basement to party together. Monthly themes like “Florence Of Arabia,” “Jocks ‘N Frocks,” “Attack Of The Living Dead Idols” and “Vegas In Space” inspired an explosion of spectacular and imaginative cross-dress – and personas. Think John Waters directing KISS as styled by Bob Mackie and Goodwill.

Dragstrip 66 was the safe party space where people were encouraged to let their hair down - or tease it up. To ‘dress a mess and get in for less.’ Fierce drag queens, queer rockers, muscle boys and celebs all turned out to rock the dance floor, and the Midnight stage shows featured performance icons like Jackie Beat, Sharon Needles, Sabrah Summers, Momma, Joey Arias, Varla Jean Merman, Kay Sedia and countless others.

Despite having to leave Rudolpho’s in 2004, Dragstrip 66 has remained a must-attend event to this day. This schlock-rock frockumentary looks at the mid 1990’s and the compelling conditions that inspired a talented group of friends to build what would become an iconic venue of the gay community in Los Angeles. Take a trip down the rabbit hole and revisit the electric nights and trail-blazing performers who created a theatrical provocation of song, comedy and camp. And go behind the scenes as two friends organize a fond farewell event for this iconic nightclub.

Risks and challenges

Co-directors Paul V. and Phil Scanlon are currently digitizing VHS tapes that documented the monthly themed events from 1993 onward. Using funds from this Kickstarter campaign, they will shoot the 20th Anniversary and grand finale of Dragstrip 66 at The Echoplex in Echo Park, LA on January 12, 2013.

This is a very collaborative project and we are seeking photos, video, club flyers and other artifacts from those who attended Dragstrip 66 for the last 20 years, especially the Rudolpho's era.

Our goal is to review all these materials and combine them with the videos we have uncovered so far. The amount of material we receive will determine when we can begin assembling a rough cut. We already have a significant amount of video to review and archive. If all goes well, we hope to have a rough cut in the spring of 2013.

We will seek completion funds using another Kickstarter campaign once a rough cut is finalized. Delivery of the final cut will depend on a number of factors including the quality of found footage, assembly, camera crew costs and post production costs.

We are driven by the belief that we have an important story to share. This a labor of love for all involved and we are committed to producing a documentary with quality production standards, even if it means the project might take longer than expected to complete.

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    Thanks Dragster!
    Your contribution is most appreciated and your name will be included on our fan page as a supporter. Send us your Dragstrip 66 photos and they may be included in the film.

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    Thanks Guys and Girlinas,
    You are the magic that is Dragstrip 66 and your support is very appreciated. Your name will be included on our fan page as a supporter. You will also receive screen credit and a special thanks in the closing titles.
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    Thanks Dudes and Divas of the Demimonde!
    You are the magic that is Dragstrip 66 and your support is very appreciated. Your name will be included on our fan page as a supporter. You will also receive screen credit and a special thanks in the closing titles in addition to a DVD of the film.
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    Thanks Movie Star!
    Send us photos of your Dragstrip 66 experience and one will be included in the documentary. Your name will also be included on our fan page as a supporter. You will also receive screen credit and a special thanks in the closing titles in addition to a DVD of the film.
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    Thanks, Super Model!
    Send us photos of your Dragstrip 66 experience and we will select at least two to include in the documentary. Your name will be included on our fan page as a supporter. You will be given an on-camera interview during the finale of Dragstrip 66 on 1.12.13 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Note that you must attend this event in order to be interviewed.
    You will also receive screen credit and a special thanks in the closing titles in addition to a DVD of the film.
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    Thanks, Rocker!
    You will be interviewed about your Dragstrip 66 memories in Los Angeles. Segments of your interview will be included in the documentary. Your name will be included on our fan page as a supporter. You will also receive screen credit and a special thanks in the closing titles in addition to a DVD of the film.
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    Thanks, Movie Star!
    You will be interviewed about your Dragstrip 66 memories in Los Angeles. Segments of your interview will be included in the documentary. Your name will be included on our fan page as a supporter. You will also receive a Producer screen credit and a special thanks in the closing titles in addition to a DVD of the film.
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