Look, we know: Tyra Sanchez wasn’t exactly a pleasant bouquet of sunshine and roses during her stint on RuPaul’s Drag Race. I mean, that wedding dress episode … oy vey, what the what was going on there? But the thing with Tyra was that at no point was she ever doing anything for herself on the show. Everything she did was to help her son, Jeremiah, live the best life possible. Believe me, if you dangle an opportunity like that in front of any parent, the good ones will bite, scratch and kick their way to it.
Well, Tyra and her son are now the subjects of a new tentative documentary, called Drag Dad, being crowd-funded on Kickstarter. There are only four days left, and it really only needs, like, three-thousand more bucks to go, so go ahead and drop a couple bucks on it! You get some free swag out of it, which is really the whole point of Kickstarter: funding awesome movies in exchange for bribes of delightful stickers.
Most Americans today still believe children should only be raised by a man and a woman. As filmmakers, we feel a need to break down the idea that some parents are somehow better than others because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We think it’s important to show those who hold prejudices against LGBT families that these things do not define what makes a good parent. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re gay, straight, a Wall Street broker or drag performer. Love and dedication to your child defies all labels. We’ve seen James and Jeremiah together, and the sweet nature of their relationship. We want to bring that relationship to the screen.
James stopped by in New York City recently to perform as Tyra Sanchez, and we were lucky enough to tag along and film Tyra’s adventures for a couple nights (some of which you can see in the above videos). Most Drag Race fans will grant that James is an electric presence on stage. But, from having spent time with him for this first part of filming, we have seen that he is an always engaging, always entertaining character — and such a great subject for the kind of documentary we want to make.