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     PAGEANT
U.S.A., 2008, 95 mins, Color (Adult Content)

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

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Directors: Ron Davis, Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut 
Screenwriters: Ron Davis, Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut 
Producers: Ron Davis, Stewart Halpern-Fingerhut 
Cinematographer: Clay Westervelt Editor: James Cude, William Haugse
Editors: James Cude, William Haugse


www.pageantmovie.com


OFFICIAL SELECTION 2008 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL



The Miss Gay America Pageant has more talent and drama than the Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants combined. To be crowned Miss Gay America® is being honored as the most beautiful and fiercely talented female impersonator in the country. The Pageant is entering into its 34th year of competition, celebrating the creativity and passion behind the art form. 

The 50 contestants are as unique and varied as the cities they come from. Each competing Beauty Queen has already won a preliminary state or regional pageant, so these contestants are our nations “best of the best”. Miss Gay America® is all about the art of illusion, so the contestants are not allowed to have had any cosmetically altering surgeries below the neck and must be female-hormone free. Competition categories include male interview, talent, evening gown and on-stage interview. 

PAGEANT follows five everyday men and their families as they strive for one extraordinary dream. Not only will PAGEANT expose the glamour and fantastic talents of each individual in this world of illusion, but also to also introduce the heart and soul of the movie, which are the men behind it all. It is a revealing look at the extraordinary lengths these gentlemen will to go to be crowned MISS GAY AMERICA®.


Ron Davis & Stewart Halpern
Ron was born and raised in New Jersey and spent his youth and early adulthood as an equestrian show jumper. He was a marketing major at Syracuse University and is currently a sales executive at Sterling Publishing, a division of Barnes & Noble, as Vice President of Special and International Sales. In 2004, he began his filmmaking career at the New York Film Academy and in that same year he was a top 10 finalist in the Esquire Magazine young filmmaker competition with his film, "The Business Traveler." PAGEANT is Davis’ directorial debut. He lives in New York City. 

Stewart Halpern's passion for filmmaking began when he was 13 and won a national competition for his short “Killer Ants.” After attending Syracuse University, he went on to pursue a career in Los Angeles and is currently the Co-Producer of the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” His other sitcom credits usually involve a Diva of some sort (Bette M, Ellen D, Kirstie A.) Stewart's other documentaries include the film festival favorite “When Boys Fly” about gay circuit parties and “Making Babies” about same-sex adoption. Stewart originally hails from Memphis, Tennessee, which incidentally is the home of the Miss Gay America Pageant. 
 
Showings
06/13/08 10:00 PMVenue 5 (Dunes)
The Dunes Resort
333 Blue Star Highway
 
06/14/08 10:00 PMVenue 5 (Dunes)
The Dunes Resort
333 Blue Star Highway
 


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