Many Bay Area residents know Joshua Grannell by his drag moniker Peaches Christ, the cross-dressing impresario who brought unforgettable showmanship to 11 seasons’ worth of cult classics at Landmark’s Bridge Theatre. Now, Grannell has made a film of his own. Shot entirely in San Francisco, All About Evil pays tribute to ‘80s teen flicks and slasher films with tongue firmly in cheek and murderous instincts given free rein. Deborah Tennis (Natasha Lyonne) is a meek librarian under the domineering supervision of Evelyn (Mink Stole). She’s also recently inherited the Victoria Theatre from her father, and is trying to keep its doors open despite dwindling ticket sales. When a violent encounter with her wicked mother accidentally screens before an audience awaiting the horror classic Blood Feast, Deborah’s career as a filmmaker is born. She premieres a new work each week, upping the Grand Guignol quotient each time. Various employees assist, including a creepy set of taciturn twins and a gung-ho elderly projectionist. As cinematic success begins to go to Deborah’s head—“I’m not a concessionaire,” she shrieks at one unfortunate patron, “I’m an actress!”—some in her audience begin to doubt she’s just using stage blood to make her sanguinary shorts. Blending gory moments with campy humor and well-known actors with a host of local talent and locations, All About Evil joins Peaches as another indelible creation of the multitalented Grannell. —Rod Armstrong
Peaches Christ (stage name for Joshua Grannell) is an American underground drag performer, emcee, filmmaker, and actor. Peaches currently resides in San Francisco where her Backlash Production Company and Midnight Mass movie series are based. Grannell studied film at Penn State University, where his senior thesis film “Jizzmopper: A Love Story” won the audience award at the annual Penn State Student Film Festival. Grannell developed the Peaches Christ character during the production of this film.
Her Midnight Mass road-show and Short Film Retrospective have been on tour and appeared in Seattle, Berkeley, New York City, Brussels, Belgium, and Lausanne, Switzerland.
On September 7, 2007, the San Francisco de Young Museum hosted a “Decade of Peaches Christ Retrospective” called Cattychism featuring artistic contributions inspired by Peaches. The event included ten years of costume design by long-time collaborator Tria Connell and ten years of graphic design by artist Chris… read more
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