This year’s Youth Gala is sure to inspire queer, trans, and allied youth, and also the young-at-heart. With over two million subscribers, multi-talented YouTube and Broadway star Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project yet: the full-scale original musical Straight Outta Oz. Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall is a fiercely fun and inspiring documentary that offers a behind the scenes look into Hall’s journey producing the album, visual album, and musical stage tour in a heart-stopping production schedule of mere months.
Director Katherine Fairfax Wright (Call Me Kuchu) delivers a film that is part tour chronicle and part biography—allowing audiences to form a deep connection with Todrick Hall and his crew. Hall grew up Black and gay in a religious household in Texas. His personal roots greatly influenced his 2016 tour, which was set amidst the political backdrop of the US election, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille at the hands of police. Behind the Curtain offers an intimate look into the creative process and tells an artist’s coming-of-age story at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality that’s made possible thanks to family, friendship, dance, song, and lots of glitter.
Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall | Katherine Fairfax Wright | USA | 2017 | 100 min
Spotlight Sponsor: RBC
Screening Sponsor: Cineplex