Sasha Velour’s NIGHTGOWNS
If you don’t know Sasha Velour, get ready. The high-concept, high-fashion drag queen and visual artist first came to national attention in 2017, when she won season 9 of the Emmy-winning reality TV competition RuPaul's Drag Race. Her finale lip-sync to “So Emotional” by Whitney Houston was called “the performance of the year” by the AV Club and named one of “TV’s Best Musical Moments on Television” by Entertainment Weekly. NPR dubbed her “A New American Monarch.” Her rallying cry to her fans as she was crowned? "Let’s change the motherfucking world!”
Two years and 1.6 million Instagram followers later, Sasha is continuing her mission to share her global platform with other artists and bring the drag that she loves to new and growing audiences. Full of heart, humor, and a hell of a lot of glitter, Nightgowns follows Sasha over the course of eight episodes as she adapts her monthly revue, Nightgowns, into a full-on stage production—and the biggest drag showcase of her life.
Part performance documentary, part portrait of the artist, we’ll watch her work with each member of her weird and wonderful ensemble to craft the lip sync performances of their wildest dreams. Each installment draws us to one performer in particular, and reveals their daily life, process, and backstory, culminating in a 2-3 minute made-for-mobile visual expression of their live number, directed by legendary music video director Sophie Muller. The result will be something new: live drag, designed for the screen. Eight iconic, shareable, must-watch performances that redefine what drag can be.
Executive Produced by Sasha Velour and produced by the Academy Award-nominated producers at The Documentary Group.
About Sophie Muller
Celebrated director Sophie Muller has spent two decades crafting some of the most groundbreaking music videos of the modern era. The Grammy Award-winning director’s collaborators include Beyoncé, Rihanna, Radiohead, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Shakira, and Weezer (to name a few) and her prolific body of work comprises more than 300 iconic music videos – including No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak,” Blur’s “Song II,” Annie Lennox’s “Why," and The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside.” Sophie is widely known for her live work, having art directed numerous critically acclaimed concerts and live tours for artists including Sade, the Dixie Chicks, and No Doubt. In 2016, she directed the first-ever, live music video—Gwen Stefani’s “Make Me Like You”—captured in one take during the Grammy Awards. Sophie has spent her career helping artists translate their spirit and vision to the screen. Now, she’s turning her talents to Nightgowns, working with Sasha to stage the show – both for live audiences, and for mobile viewers who want in on the magic.
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