The world premiere of RuPaul’s hilarious new sexploitation feature film Starrbooty played to a sold-out and rambunctious crowd at NewFest, the New York LGBT Film Festival, on Saturday night in New York City. RuPaul, in full drag regalia, along with the majority of the cast, attended the screening and held a Q & A session afterward. The film itself almost defies description, but I’ll give it my best shot: It’s one hell of a drag-wearin’, cock-showin’, titty-shakin’, bitch-slappin’ extravaganza! The Full Monty in every sense of the word. You truly have to see it for yourself. I am still in stunned amazement. The theater was filled with laughter and gasps of shock for the entire show. The biggest laughs came when Michael Lucas, as Russian mobster Alexi Popov, tells RuPaul and Lahoma Van Zandt’s characters to “blow my big uncut Russian cock,” but instead they pull out automatic machine guns and literally blow him – away! The lesbian lover scene between Ru and Lady Bunny also elicited howls of laughter. And the film showed its true colors by ending with a heartfelt dedication: “In Loving Memory… of Jerry Falwell”. The New York audience loved that! And so did I. (Starrbooty after-party after the jump.)
I’m lucky to have had some really great nights, but a perfect night? I don’t think I ever had one until yesterday. After the premiere of Starrbooty, I left the theater and was about to head over to HK Lounge for the after-party when I spotted Kayvon Zand, the musician and self-described “Supermodel Terrorist” who plays a villain in Starrbooty and is a rising star in the NYC club scene. I had a small role in the film too, so we chatted about the film as we walked the four blocks to the HK Lounge. Though he’s a bit difficult to talk to, he’s disarmingly good-looking! I think I babbled incoherently because of it, but if he minded he didn’t let on. There was a huge line outside the club, but I followed Kayvon’s lead and we walked right up to the velvet rope and the bouncers waved us in (I know, it’s so quaint, but it’s still a thrill to be ushered in all VIP-like). We got separated as soon as we were inside the club, which was packed. After a trip to the bar, I noticed the cast sitting together in a cordoned-off area, and I made my way over, figuring that since I was actually in the film no one would mind if I scooted under the rope to say hello. But a very large and agile security guard disagreed. “VIP only!” he barked at me and before I knew it I was being pushed back outside the rope. Then it happened. (Cue choir of angels.) A voice rang out over the crowd: “Oh, that’s my baby. He’s OK, you can let him in.” It was RuPaul. And the guard, just as quickly, ushered me right back in and Ru gave me a hug and said, “Hey, Baby,” and I just about melted! The VIP after-party was off the friggin’ hook! I saw Kayvon again and plopped down next to him and Mike Ruiz, who directed Starrbooty. Everyone was in a great mood and thrilled with the movie’s reception. We toasted to the success of the film, and Ari Gold was there and OMG he is cute! As I sat there, surrounded by the people I had idolized when I first moved to NYC in the early ’90s, everything just came full circle for me. And I was just really happy to have been a part of it. It was my perfect night.
(Photos from top. Front page: Lady Bunny, RuPaul, Mike Ruiz. This page: Starrbooty cast; Sweetie; and Wayne with everyone – Kayvon Zand; RuPaul; Mike Ruiz; and Lady Bunny, Spencer Lee Schilly, Starrbooty‘s editor, in background.)