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Queen of the Capital

1h 20m Documentary 2020

DC bureaucrat by day, drag queen by night, Muffy Blake Stephyns sets out to become the next Empress of the Imperial Court.

“With an engrossing lens on Muffy and the people she loves, QUEEN OF THE CAPITAL is genuinely poignant, gleeful, and honest.” - Film Threat

Josh Davidsburg’s vivacious and inspiring documentary follows Muffy Blake Stephyns, a drag performer with high aspirations. Muffy and her everyday persona, Daniel, navigate the drag and bureaucratic worlds of Washington, D.C., while following her dream to lead a colorful group of philanthropic drag performers. Using skills from a former life as a campaign consultant, she runs for Empress of the Imperial Court of Washington, D.C.

“In a time when many LGBTQ films choose to focus on tragedy, homophobia and death, QUEEN OF THE CAPITAL stands out by centering on the cheerful day-to-day life of LGBTQ people interacting with their chosen family and friends. And the positivity is not artificial—it’s clear that the community has known severe hardship. The film touches on HIV/AIDS, disabilities, abusive relationships, homophobic religions, loss and more. But it always returns to the strong personal bonds interwoven throughout the Imperial Court.” - Katie Fleischer, Ms. Magazine

“A compelling narrative through the caring lens it shines on the nature of drag to bring people together.” - Ian Thomas Malone


Josh Davidsburg




United States

Bonus Content

Q&A with director and cast

1h 3m

Q&A streamed live to fans on June 21, 2020 with director Joshua Davidsburg and documentary subjects Muffy Blake Stephyns, Jon Rybka (Shelby), Chris (Milan), Richard Legg Benavides (Destiny), Dana Price (Trace Couture), Fidel Morin, as well as two representatives from the non-profits Side by Side and Capital Pride.

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