DRAGSTRIP 66 - THE FROCKUMENTARY
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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