Benefit Screening of ALASKA IS A DRAG in Salt Lake City


Salt Lake City -- Hope you can make it!

A Benefit Screening for the feature film ALASKA IS A DRAG -- Written & Directed by Shaz Bennett

If you want to make a donation -- you can donate here and you'll get a tax write off (win win!)

ALASKA IS A DRAG donations:

Starring: Martin L. Washington Jr., Maya Washington, Matt Dallas, Christopher O'Shea, Margaret Cho, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin Daniels, Nia Peeples, John Fleck, Adam Tomei

The Short Story is we're finally ready to show you the film! And can't wait to share it with you and the world. But there's a longer story -- we still need to raise a little money to get the film released. This screening is for our initial Kickstarter supporters, Cast, Crew and new supporters of this little underdog of a film.

So psyched to show you our little movie that could.


ALASKA IS A DRAG is a Fish out of water story – literally. Our hero Leo is an aspiring superstar (Martin L. Washington Jr.) stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. Leo sees disco balls in the scales of the fish he slices. Everyone who slices fish all day, daydreams – Leo’s are glamtastic. Most of the time, Leo and his twin sister Tristen (Maya Washington) are left to fend for themselves. To escape the monotony of fist fights and fish guts, they create their own magic – the Northern Lights follow them. They hang out at the one gay bar in a hundred miles, owned by their surly surrogate mom – Jan (Margaret Cho). Their real mom (Nia Peeples) left years ago and their dad George (Kevin Daniels) preaches on the side of the road. After years of getting beat up by his former best friend, Kyle (Christopher O'Shea), Leo has learned to fight back – his skills catch the eye of his cannery boss, an amateur boxer (Jason Scott Lee) who offers to train him to be a fighter. And when the new kid in town, Declan (Matt Dallas), wants to be his sparring partner – Leo’s world turns upside down. When Tristen enters Leo in a drag competition – he's never performed for anyone but her – his worlds collide – the drag audition falls on the same day as the qualifying round for boxing and Leo has to face the real reason, he's afraid to leave Alaska.

Casting by: Chanelle Desautels & Johanna Weirauch

Music by: Maciej Zielinski

Additional Music: Alexis Marsh, Samuel Jones

Costume Designer: Lauren Silvestri

Editors: Jean-Pierre Caner, Lex Benedict, Brooke Sebold

Production Designer: Michael Fitzgerald

Director of Photography: Alison Kelly

Executive Producers: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes, Maya Washington, Michael Paolillo, Ryan Smith

Producers: Melanie Miller, Diane Becker, Jean-Pierre Caner, Shaz Bennett


If I already donated to the Kickstarter -- do I need to donate again?

If you donated to the Kickstarter -- THANK YOU!

Can I donate more than the suggested amount?

Absolutely and it would be greatly appreciated!

What if I wanted to invest in the film and become an Executive Producer?

That would be glamtastic! Feel free to contact us at and we can get you an investment package and more information on the terms.

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The film is unrated. If you're concerned about the content -- please email Shaz at alaskaisadrag@gmailcom

Some swearing and violence, content may need some contextul conversation for children under 13 (depending on the child).

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to contact the director or producers at with any questions.
  • Fort Douglas Post Theater
    245 Fort Douglas Blvd, Bldg 636, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday Jul 15
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