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HBO heads to “Wigstock”

HBO is airing a documentary about the origins of Wigstock and the contemporary drag movement, with a premiere date of June 18 at 10 – 11:30 p.m ET/PT. Wig is from Chris ...
June 5, 2019

HBO is airing a documentary about the origins of Wigstock and the contemporary drag movement, with a premiere date of June 18 at 10 – 11:30 p.m ET/PT.

Wig is from Chris Moukarbel, the director of Gaga: Five Foot Two and Me @ The Zoo. 

With archival footage from the ’80s and ’90s, Wig documents how Wigstock began with drag queen Lady Bunny and a few friends staging an impromptu drag show in Tompkins Square Park’s band shell in New York City’s East Village.

It became an annual drag bacchanal that lasted almost 20 years, and Lady Bunny resurrected the festival in the summer of 2018 for a new generation of drag performers.

The doc celebrates the early days of New York drag culture, while also providing social commentary on the circumstances that birthed the drag festival – the impact of AIDS and gay pride backlash.

Interviews in the film include Charlene Incarnate from the Bushwig scene, Flotilla DeBarge and Linda Simpson, and Wigstock’s co-producers, actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka,

Wig  is a Matador Content production, directed and produced by Chris Moukarbel; produced by Jack Turner; and David Burtka, Bruce Cohen, Neil Patrick Harris, Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin, Jason Weinberg, and Michael Mayer. For HBO, executive producers are Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, and senior producer Sara Rodriguez.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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