FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
BEST DOCUMENTARY
SHORT SUBJECT
 

“THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT”




presented by
BREAKWATER STUDIOS, HILLMAN GRAD PRODUCTIONS & LA TIMES STUDIOS 

Meet America’s First Drag Queen for President
“If a bad actor can be president, why not a good drag queen?” In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as one of the first openly queer write-in candidates. Today, Terence Smith, the man behind the persona, reflects back on his place in gay rights history.

Executive produced by Emmy®-winning actor-writer-producer Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani through their Hillman Grad Productions banner, Oscar®-nominated Ben Proudfoot, Abby Lynn Kang Davis and Dawn O’Keeffe.


A CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR WHITNEY SKAUGE AND TERENCE ALAN SMITH 




AWARDS
Newfest: New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Audience Award Best Short Documentary 

Newfest: New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Emerging Black Filmmaker Award

Outfest: Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Special Programming Award: Freedom

Mountainfilm Women in Film Award


PRESS

DEADLINE – L.A. Times Enters Short Doc Space, Premieres Oscar-Contender ‘The Beauty President,’ On “Queer, Black Drag Queen” Candidate For Nation’s Highest Office
IDA Blog – Outfest Documentary Lineup A Reminder of LGBTQ Resilience
The Queer Review – SXSW Online 2021 Film Review: The Beauty President [4 Stars]
The Nerds of Color – A Beautiful Presidential Conversation w/ Whitney Skauge and Terence Smith


SELECT FESTIVALS 
SXSW
Outfest: Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival 
Newfest: New York LGBTQ Film Festival 
Frameline: the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival 
Blackstar Film Festival 
Camden International Film Festival 
AFI DOCS 
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 
Chicago International Film Festival 
Mountainfilm 
Hollyshorts Film Festival 


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR 

Whitney Skauge is an award-winning filmmaker dedicated to diverse storytelling and representation. Their films act as an extension of social and political activism with hopes of helping audiences understand themselves and the world around them better.