Wigstock: The Movie

Wigstock: The Movie Information

Wigstock: The Movie is a 1995 documentary film focusing on Wigstock, the annual drag music festival that had been held New York City's East Village through the 1980s and 1990s. The film presents a number of performances from the 1994 festival, including Crystal Waters, Deee-Lite, Jackie Beat, Debbie Harry, Leigh Bowery, Joey Arias and the Dueling Bankheads. The film also captures a performance by RuPaul at the height of his mainstream fame during the 90s.

Wigstock: The Movie also goes behind the scenes, examining the rehearsal process of a number of the performers including Lypsinka and the "Wigstock Dancers." Members of the crew assembling the stage and attendees are interviewed about their experiences at the festival and some of the performers give interviews about the importance of drag and transgressive gender expression in their lives. One memorable moment features Wigstock Mistress of Ceremonies Lady Bunny on the telephone with a city representative inquiring about the possibility of placing a wig on the Statue of Liberty.


A soundtrack album for the film, featuring many of the performers included in the film, was released in 1995. In addition to the performances the CD includes comments delivered from the stage by Lady Bunny.

Song listing

  1. Lady Bunny - "Calling Lady Liberty"
  2. Lady Miss Kier - "Touch Me with Your Sunshine"
  3. Erasure - "Cold Summer's Day"
  4. Crystal Waters - "100% Pure Love"
  5. NYG's - "The Real Thing"
  6. Tabboo! - "It's Natural"
  7. Jackie Beat - "Kiss my Ass"
  8. RuPaul - "Free to Be"
  9. Billie Ray Martin - "Space Oasis"
  10. Chic - "Chic Cheer"
  11. Mistress Formika - "Fight for Your Right (to be Queer)"
  12. Nancy Boy - "All That Glitters (Come Out Come Out)"
  13. Joey Arias - "Them There Eyes"
  14. Donna Giles with David Morales - "Gimme Luv"
  15. Loveland - "Hope (Never Give Up)"
  16. Jon of the Pleased Wimmin - "Passion"
  17. Marc Almond - "What Makes a Man a Man"
  18. Deee-Lite - "Somebody"

DVD release

Wigstock: The Movie was released on Region 1 DVD on June 30, 2003.

1987 film

In 1987, filmmaker Tom Rubnitz filmed a 20-minute documentary, also called Wigstock: The Movie. The short played the gay and lesbian film festival circuit in 1998. The title sequence of the 1995 Goldwyn film is cut from footage from the 1987 Rubnitz film.

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