You likely remember Bob the Drag Queen as the purse-loving Season 8 winner of iconic drag reality series RuPaul's Drag Race, but now - Bob's movin' on up.
Today, fans have their first look at the popular drag queen - whose real name is Christopher Caldwell - as the lead in a star-studded new drag film called Cherry Pop.
Cherry Pop covers a single night in a failing drag club (and a lot can happen in one night at a drag club). It follows a newcomer to the drag scene (Cherry), who's treated as an outcast on their first night in the club's lineup. On the same night, a local drag legend is coming to terms with it being their last performance, and last night in drag. Throughout the night, you meet a variety of other backstabbing, dramatic queens, all of whom are dealing with problems of their own and "just plain can't stand each other".
Originally a short film that was released last year, the move for Cherry Pop to become a feature-length movie became possible via crowdfunding on IndieGoGo.
After releasing the short film, director Assaad Yacoub told blog Heart of Cool, "The audience has been craving a movie like this for sure – it made me happy to see that. The topic is now more important than ever – the timing is perfect especially with [the] transgender/LGBT community speaking out a lot more nowadays. It’s amazing to be a part of the bigger picture of it all."
The feature-length film, which also stars Drag Race alum Detox Icunt, Latrice Royale and Tempest Dujour, will debut at New York City Pride's OutCinema event - a celebratory festival of the LGBTQIA community's achievements in film.
Jim Stephens, President of Wolfe Video and Wolfe Releasing, said about the release, “As the leader in LGBT film distribution, we are thrilled to bring Assaad Yacoub’s wonderful and wacky world to audiences around the country this summer. Cherry Pop radiates an irresistible queer vibrancy that makes NYC Pride the perfect venue to host our New York premiere."
The film will screen at NYC Pride on June 19th, and tickets are available on the NYC Pride website now.