Queen of New York
Director, Producer, DP
Feature documentary (80 min)
Drag has never been more political! As NYC emerges from the chaos of 2020, Marti Cummings (they/them), an audacious and big-hearted drag queen, goes all out in a historic bid for New York City Council. It’s one of the most hotly contested Council races in years, and Marti’s strongest competitor is Shaun Abreu, a tenants’ lawyer with deep roots in the district’s Latinx community. As these first-timers race to do the most good for their Upper Manhattan neighbors, they offer very different visions for Democratic politics – one in a suit and tie, the other in combat boots and floral print.
As this immersive documentary reveals, Marti’s passion inspires queer activists and allies to change the political system. Their campaign becomes a community of its own, especially for Marti’s non-binary peers who have never before seen themselves represented. The film features narration by superstar Billy Porter and appearances by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Broad City’s Ilana Glazer, and nearly 20 NYC-based drag artists.
QUEEN OF NEW YORK premiered to a sold-out audience in October 2023 as the New York Centerpiece film at NewFest, NYC's premier LGBTQIA+ film festival. The film will be available online in 2024. Learn more here.