Workhorse Queen

Angela Washko, USA 2021, 88’
Polish premiere
Audience award nominated film. Vote after the screening.
We Are As Gods

Rochester, New York features a thriving drag queen scene in this cozy city, more progressive than the classic American landscapes might suggest. Perhaps it is the result of chronic winter boredom, which can function as a stimulus for creative activities. This is Ed Popil's hometown, where he plays the role of Ms. Kasha Davis, a cordial and exaggerated domestic hen straight from a sitcom. Angela Washko's documentary is story of Ed’s internal dilemmas and the search for his professional and personal identity - from an unsuccessful heterosexual marriage to a relationship with a beloved man, from many years of office work to the beginning of his career as a performer, the turning point of which was participation in RuPaul's Drag Race. But is the big show business world the right place for Kasha Davis?

Audience award nominated film. Please pick up a voting card on entering the screening and tear in a place marking your opinion and throw it into an assigned box after the screening (cards and boxes will be available at the theaters). The filmmakers have a chance of winning $5,000 sponsored by BNY Mellon, Poland.

Piotr Mirski


San Francisco Documentary FF 2021 – Grand Jury Prize for Documentary; Indy FF 2021 – Audience Award for Documentary; ImageOut Rochester Spring Festival 2021 – Audience Award for Documentary

Angela Washko

Angela Washko is a media artist working across storytelling forms including performance, installation, video games, and film. A recent recipient of the Creative Capital Award, Impact Award at Indiecade and the Franklin Furnace Performance Fund, Washko’s practice has been highlighted in The New Yorker, Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian, ArtForum, The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, The New York Times and more. Her projects have been presented internationally at venues including Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Milan Design Triennale, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Angela Washko is an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA). Workhorse Queen is her first feature-length documentary film.


2021 Królowa pracująca / Workhorse Queen (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Angela Washko
screenplay Angela Washko
cinematography Angela Washko
editing Sunita Prasad, Jota Sosnowski
music Jesse Stiles
cast Edward Popil, Roy Haylock, Patrick Holt, Simona Ioffe, Greg Meyer
producer Angela Washko
production Situated Productions
sales GQue Films
language English
coloration colour
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