FORMER QVC HOST DALE GUY MADISON SPILLS THE TEA ABOUT MAKING A LIVING AS A TV PITCHMAN AND DRAG QUEEN
Hilarious Docucomedy “Life After QVC” Gains Official Selection in the Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival
(LOS ANGELES) – The new, vérité-styled docucomedy “Life After QVC,” starring former QVC tv host Dale Guy Madison, will make its world premiere at the 26th annual Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) Film Festival, set to take place May 9- 20, 2018 at various venues throughout Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. IFS’s main programming will be held at the Pacific Arclight Theatre Stadium 14 at the Grove, located at 189 The Grove Dr. in Los Angeles. For more information about the festival and screening times, visit www.ifsfilm.com. (The festival lineup and program guide is scheduled to be released on its website on April 20, 2018.)
Madison is an award-winning educator, LGBTQ activist, playwright, author, filmmaker, performance artist and doll collector. He knows how to show and sell, as one of the first African-American hosts of QVC, and the first to produce the African Marketplace shopping hour on the popular shopping network.
Written by Madison and co-directed with Malik Shakur, “Life After QVC,” takes a comedic trip down memory lane, chronicling Madison’s rise as a popular pitchman on the new shopping network in the early 1990s to the unexpected turn of paying the bills as a drag queen named FREEda SLAVE. He tells how his drag persona, FREEda Slave, made her debut in the hilarious comedy, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo. And how that small part in the movie took the Baltimore native to New York City where he began his second career as a drag queen! Eventually, it’s a critically-acclaimed one-man show – called “FREEda SLAVE: Mask of a Diva,” written by Darryl Wharton-Rigby (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) – that opens doors and gives Madison a one-way ticket to Hollywood!
Madison shares plenty of anecdotes in this 25-minute docucomedy short film, backing up his funny, self-deprecating storytelling with archival footage, photos and other video clips. Plus, he dishes the tea about meeting the most interesting people in the entertainment industry, including Emmy-winning daytime icon Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Emmy-winning actor Andre Braugher (“Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), award-winning tv and film star George Hamilton (“Love at First Bite”) and drag queen DJ “Shangela” Pierce of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and of course, film star Wesley Snipes (“New Jack City” and “Blade”) – just to name a few. He even has a juicy story about the infamous Joey Buttafuoco. Remember him? The object of desire for Amy Fisher – aka “the Long Island Lolita” – involved in a scandalous love triangle that made tabloid headlines in the 1990s.
Prior to “Life After QVC,” Madison’s two short films, “DREAMBOY: My Life as a QVC Host & Other Hits,” based on his memoir won the Best LGBT Film Award at the 2008 San Diego Black Film Festival (SDBFF) and “The Panty Man” was nominated as Best Short in the 2009 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), respectively.
For a quick preview of “Life After QVC,” visit:
LIFE AFTER QVC (a docucomedy)
Life After QVC/Part 1 feat. Dale Guy Madison
Life After QVC/Part2 feat. Dale Guy Madison
For more about Madison and his upcoming projects, visit www.DamnGoodMan.com
ABOUT DALE GUY MADISON | the writer and co-director
Dale Guy Madison is an award-winning educator, LGBTQ activist, playwright, author, filmmaker, performance artist and doll collector. He knows how to show and sell, as one of the first African American hosts of QVC, and the first to produce the African Marketplace shopping hour on the popular shopping network.
For more than 15 years, Dale Madison has worked as a grassroots LGBT activist, using the arts to affect change in the areas of AIDS awareness, substance abuse, community health issues and homophobia. He is the author of “Dreamboy: My Life As a QVC Host,” a memoir – set against the tunes of the 1960s girl group, The Supremes – details his broken relationships, a whirlwind heterosexual marriage; life as an openly gay black actor in Hollywood; his work as a QVC host; and a period of darkness, which found him clinging to life in a mental institution. In addition, he penned “Sissy Sammy in the Land of WeHo 90069,” an adult fairytale about an effeminate boy from the hood, who is bullied, but eventually gets lost in an all-gay town.
Through his production company, DamnGoodMan Productions, he creates, curates and produces culturally-relevant entertainment that embraces positive, empowering messages for the LGBTQ community. As a performance artist, he’s also written and performed two one-man shows, “FREEda SLAVE: Mask of a Diva” and “My Life in 3 Easy Payments.” Both theatrical productions introduce audiences to Madison’s drag persona, FREEda SLAVE, which he created for his bit part in the hilarious 1995 comedy, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo.
Madison just wrapped up his stint on Taylor Mac's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” as a DANDY MINION, during the show’s run in LA at The Theatre of the Ace Hotel, presented by CAP UCLA. He also appears in the indie “Proxy Kills,” written and directed by K.J. Downes, which premiered at the North Hollywood Cinefest March 23-29, 2018. Plus, he’s also working on the LA revival of his one-man show, “My Life in 3 Easy Payments,” kicking off at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June for Pride Month.
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