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Trailer Trash: Drag Legend Marti Cummings Runs For NYC Council In Queen Of New York




If you have followed drag as long as I have (over 20 years) then you know that drag has always been political.


One of New York's most prominent drag queens, TV personalities and political figures Marti Cummings announced that she would be running for city council back in 2021, and cameras followed their political journey every step of the way.


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 to become a City Councilperson. 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 Latiné 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.


Tickets and details at newfest.org/festival



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