Why stripping? More specifically, why burlesque?
It's taken years of covering the art of stripping as a filmmaker and as a writer to get to the nut of this thing. What is it about the removal of clothes in front of others that is so compelling? And I need to differentiate the kind of stripping that captures my attention and the more common form found in strip joints across the world.
One form, let's call it 'traditional stripping,' is designed purely for sexual titillation. It's a game to get dollar bills from a pocket to a G-string. It is capitalizing on the primal sexual drives of humanity.
But burlesque is an art form designed to ensnare the heart with humor, drama, storytelling, dance, music, seduction, satire ... and self-acceptance. It is a celebration of the body. And it is a celebration of the bawdy.
While boylesque performers have been crucial soldiers in the march onstage to throw down their clothes and shock audiences with audacious concepts, they're becoming an international force in the neo-burlesque evolution. And does it make audiences go BOY-OYOYOYOYOY-NG!
Since A Wink and a Smile, I've been plotting a story that would showcase this amazing scene, while crafting a ride that is as funny and fresh and fantastic as the men behind the movement. Perhaps most importantly, I want to capture the strength of spirit it takes these artists to remove their clothes so that they may give themselves fully to their audiences.
Ultimately, it is a bejeweled journey of being the best and finding our own inner king. There's one in each of us, even if it's a little queenly.
ALL HAIL THE KING!
— Deirdre Allen Timmons