Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

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USA | 2017 | 100 minutes | Katherine Fairfax Wright

Known for his campy, totally funky music videos, Todrick Hall—a vibrant, lovable, and fabulously gay artist bursting with creative energy—takes you behind the scenes as he launches his most ambitious project to date: the original stage musical "Straight Outta Oz."

Monday, May 29, 2017

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Described as "if Willy Wonka and Pee-wee Herman had a black child," Todrick Hall is a YouTube celebrity, recording artist, songwriter, Broadway actor, "Drag Race" judge, and much, much more. But right now he has only four weeks to write, record, choreograph, film, stage, and design his upcoming "Straight Outta Oz" album and tour. Inspired by Beyonce's "Lemonade" and spurred by not getting a hard-fought role as the Scarecrow on NBC's "The Wiz Live!", Hall imagines "Straight Outta Oz" as a confluence of L. Frank Baum's oversized universe, Hall's story of growing up as a gay black male in Arlington, Texas, with a Christian mother, and a rousing piece of activism. As every set piece, costume, bit of choreography, and note is painstakingly created, Hall and his wide-reaching team pull 16-hour days to create "something epic, but for less than epic price." Behind the Curtain—as open-hearted and frantic as documentaries get—mixes this behind-the-scenes tour with a look back at Hall's own career and an examination of LGBTQ culture in the wake of the Pulse shooting, a nightclub near and dear to Hall's heart. The result is an inspiring film about grit, perseverance, and the redemptive power of art.

Director Biography

While Katherine Fairfax Wright has worked on many documentary film crews, Behind the Curtain is only her second film as a director. Call Me Kuchu, her first directorial credit, won awards at festivals around the world, including the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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  • Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright
  • Principal Cast: Todrick Hall, Teresa Stanley, Wayne Brady, Chester Lockhart, Jesse Pattison, Brenda Cornish, Vonzell Solomon, Jenni Thomasson, Jazlyn Nicole Miller
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Brian Robbins, Matt Kaplan, Todrick Hall, Katherine Fairfax Wright
  • Cinematographers: Katherine Fairfax Wright
  • Editors: Katherine Fairfax Wright
  • Music: Todrick Hall, WiiDOPE, Jeeve, Jon Mandabach
  • Filmography: Call Me Kuchu (2012)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP