One of two docus that preemed at S.F. Gay Fest this year about the same San Francisco nightclub experience, Sasha Aickin's "Blood, Sweat, and Glitter" is a lively, likeable look at competitors for the title of Miss Trannyshack 2004. Colorfully assembled pic, which won the documentary audience award, should sashay extensively through the gay fest circuit.

One of two docus that preemed at S.F. Gay Fest this year about the same San Francisco nightclub experience, Sasha Aickin’s “Blood, Sweat, and Glitter” is a lively,likeable look at competitors for the title of Miss Trannyshack 2004. No histrionic Judy or Babs lip-synchs here; the participants work strenuously to cook up production numbers that are edgy, raunchy and frequently hilarious. So are the behind-scenes exertions, which offer more than a few last-minute crises and freak-outs. Colorfully assembled pic, which won the documentary audience award, should sashay extensively through the gay fest circuit.

Managing to share almost no content overlap with the other documentary (“Trannyshack”), “Blood” focuses on the contest countdown, as club regulars anxiously prepare for their big moment (at an off-site, larger hall to accommodate the ever-growing annual crowd). Flash-forwards to the judges’ backstage decision-making adds suspense. Contenders soon get deadly serious about working up their acts, often employing elaborate costumes, props and casts of … uh, several. Final winner proves a surprise to many; highlight for most viewers will be Diva Dan’s jaw-droppingly tasteless “Caligula” extravaganza.

Blood, Sweat, and Glitter

Production

A Mass of Black Lace Prods. presentation of a Sasha Aickin production. Produced by Aickin. Directed by Sasha Aickin.

Crew

Camera (color, mini DV-to-Beta SP), Aickin; editors, Aickin, Bill Weber; music, Brooke Wendt. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, June 18, 2005. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Anna Conda, Cookie Dough, Diva Dan, Kiddie, Syphillis Diller, Veda de Voe, Heklina.
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