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Past Event Reel Q LGBTQ+ Film Festival: Workhorse Queen

A drag queen with a bouffant hairstyle perches smiling on a stool in front of multiple lights as another man films her with a digital camera.

Join us for the 36th annual Reel Q LGBTQ+ film festival at The Warhol! Reel Q is the longest running film festival in the Pittsburgh region and the sixth oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the entire world.  

Watch the award-winning documentary Workhorse Queen, followed by a panel discussion with director Angela Washko, stars Mrs. Kasha Davis, Mr. Davis (Steven Levins), and Ambrosia Salad, moderated by John Musser (Veronica Bleaus). The screening will be followed by a free reception with Jellyfish DJs, a cash bar, and live drag performances by The Hot Boys (Anna Azizzy, Sienna Cittadino, BB Kenda), Akasha L. Van Cartier, Dixie Surewood, Ambrosia Salad (Rochester), and Mrs. Kasha Davis (RuPaul’s Drag Race).

About Workhorse Queen
By day, Ed Popil worked as a telemarketer in Rochester, New York for 18 years. By night, he transformed into drag queen Mrs. Kasha Davis, a 1960’s era housewife trying to liberate herself from domestic toil through performing at night in secret – a homage to Ed’s mother. After seven years of auditioning to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ed Popil was finally cast onto the tv show and thrust into a full-time entertainment career at the late age of 44. In addition to following Popil’s life and career before and after being cast onto RuPaul’s Drag Race, the film focuses on the growing divide between members of a small town drag community–those who have been on television, and those who have not.

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