Community Stories Festival: Free Screening of QUEEN OF THE CAPITAL

Community Stories Festival: Free Screening of QUEEN OF THE CAPITAL

Docs in Progress will host a free screening of filmmaker Josh Davidsburg’s QUEEN OF THE CAPITAL. DC Bureaucrat by day, drag queen by night, Muffy Blake Stephyns follows her dream of leading a group of vibrant performers on a crusade for the community. 

Filmmaker Josh Davidsburg (and possibly a special guest!) will be present to participate in a Q&A following the screening with Program Director Andrea Passafiume.

Muffy Blake Stephyns is a drag performer with high aspirations. As a member of the Imperial Court of Washington D.C., this documentary follows Muffy and her everyday persona, named Daniel, for a year as she navigates the drag and non-drag worlds. We watch as she uses her political prowess to campaign to be the figurehead of the philanthropic Imperial Court, and becomes the “Queen of the Capital.”

Josh Davidsburg is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. When he doesn’t have a camera in his hand, he’s teaching full-time as a lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, Philip Merrill College of Journalism. After working for more than a decade as a television news reporter, he decided to expand into long-form, documentary storytelling. He’s produced documentary shorts, seen at film festivals across the country and is currently working on a feature-length film.

Docs In Progress gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world. By developing, encouraging, and celebrating new and diverse voices in documentary film, Docs In Progress also seeks to deepen the public’s experience, understanding, and appreciation for documentary as a form of art and expression. The organization does this by offering an array of programs and services aimed at aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers and the broader community, including educational programs for adults and youth, fellowships, pitching workshops, work-in-progress screenings, and the Community Stories Festival. 

Docs In Progress is all about building community through documentary film, but we are proud to be based in the vibrant, diverse, and historic communities of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, and the broader Washington DC Metropolitan Area. We have showcased short documentaries about these communities since 2010. Tonight’s program screening is part of of the Ninth Annual Community Stories Festival taking place between November 8-14. To see what else is happening, visit