David McMahon’s “Skanks” centers on an amateur drag troupe in the heart of the Bible Belt — specifically, Birmingham, Alabama. The film chronicles the troupe’s journey as it prepares to stage a musical called, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.”
In this exclusive clip from the film, which can be watched below, members of the troupe talk about how they will not invite family members to attend performances of “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” Although the responses of most of the troupe members are accompanied by half-smiles, their shared melancholy — about having to hide a part of their identity from their loved ones — is made palpable by seeing clip after clip after clip after clip where they all refuse to invite their families.
“Skanks” made its debut at the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the Best Documentary Feature category. Rooftop Films will screen the film as part of its summer series on June 28th with a special live performance by the cast to follow.