Rainbow Kitten Surprise 'Hide' by Kyle Thrash

Rainbow Kitten Surprise 'Hide' by Kyle Thrash
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Kyle Thrash has made searing, sweeping mini-documentaries about American life for hard rock bands, including the ones for Every Time I Die and Microwave that were both nominated at the UKMVAs last year. Now comes something rather different for North Carolina alternative rock outfit Rainbow Kitten Surprise: a revealing and tender portrait of four drag queens in Louisiana. 

The New York-based director takes us into their world, weaving interviews with his subjects – Kev Davis aka Xia Maddix, Ryan McCaleb aka Auda Beaux Di, Rickie Hill aka Rikkii Redd, and Justin Scarbrough aka Britnee Alexander - with the band's track Hide. And crucially each of them have reached a critical points where they have decided not to hide, and to reveal their 'drag queen' alter-egos to some unsuspecting loved ones.

Thrash addresses the tension and potential conflict between self-expression and family bonds - which leads to a nailbiting climax. But ultimately this is a life-affirming story of love and acceptance, while also doing its fundamental job in showcasing the band - who also appear in performance (they have just released their album Friend, Love, Freefall). More impressive work from the talented Mr Thrash.

Credits

Director
Kyle Thrash
Producer
Ian Ross
Executive Producer
Joaquin Poblete
Production Manager
Lauren Cargo
Director of Photography
Ben Carey
1st AC
John-Carlo Monti
Steadicam
Jordan Marable
Editor
Matt Schaff
Colourist
Samuel Gursky
Commissioner
Mandee Mallonee
Hair & Make-up
Kimberly Wilson
Gaffer
Brighton Linge, Spencer Mann
Production Assistants
Rosheka Taylor, Remy Williams
Art Dept Runner
Mandy Torres
Background Casting
Lauren Cargo
Consultant
Lily Keber
Sound Design
Bobb Barito
VFX
Austin Lepri
Special Thanks
Casey Cheramie, Brian Thompson, Devon Kinler, Kenneth Davis, Raleigh Petty, TJ Bryson, Kristina Massie, Ethan Kiermaier, Parker Dunaway, Jared Chapman

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