Winter is a drag, honey, so why not spend it at the movies?

A new retrospective film series is currently happening at New York’s IFC Center, shining a light on influential queer and drag-centric movies.

“Winter is a Drag,” is a sequel to the 2014 series, “Summer is a Drag,” which had nightlife icons like Lypsinka and Murray Hill screening films that have impacted their art. For this series, co-curators Adam Baran and Brooklyn drag diva, Lady Quesa’Dilla, asked nightlife icons like Sasha Velour and Untitled Queen for what they want to see on the big screen.

“We asked them to pick films that were personally important to them, or really important to their work now. It’s more about selecting the queens than the movies,” Baran told NewNowNext. “I think we have a really nice cross section of movies that have a fair amount of provocative elements that can be discussed underneath.This range of movies are a little more obscure. I think they are all interesting and fun movies.”

The first screening for the series is Eating Raoul, which was presented by East Village queer icon, Linda Simpson. Next up is the campy Vegas in Space, which RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 winner Sasha Velour picked to share with the audience.

As for Lady Quesa’Dilla, the only film from the series she has seen is the final entry, To Wong Foo…, but she adds that she is “really excited to experience these films with the audience, and see where all of the queens are getting inspiration from.”

Baran is aware this is a moment to teach the children, and is excited with the films that were chosen:

“We started with Linda Simpson, and then we’re going into Sasha Velour, doing similar things [to Simpson] in Brooklyn, carrying the legacy of the East Village,” he explained. “In a way we are really celebrating New York drag queens, and recognizing in this super crazy drag moment, it all kind of swirls around and connects.”

Fore more info and tickets head over to the IFC Center’s website.

I write about drag queens. Dolly Parton once ruffled my hair and said I was “just the cutest thing ever.”