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Documentary explores drag scene in city of the US heartland

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/5/2017 By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Filmmaker Gabrielle Burton says she didn't plan for her documentary about the drag queen scene in Ohio's capital city to achieve wider distribution at a time of political and cultural division.

But Burton says becoming comfortable with complex subjects is something everyone needs at the moment.

"Queens, Kings, & In-Betweens" had screenings in Columbus and New York on Friday and becomes available soon on iTunes, Amazon and some cable providers.

The film profiles eight drag performers and their companies in Columbus, which has long had a reputation as a gay-friendly city. The city's Pride parade is the biggest in the Midwest.

Burton has made other documentaries and feature films. She says her goal is telling stories that give people hope for change but are also entertaining.

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