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Funeral Queen

This documentary short explores the lives, loves and extraordinary passions of Santa Fe Funeral Director/Drag Queen, Marie Antoinette Du Barry and her relationship with her Grandmother while discovering an unexpected link between drag performance and grief.

  • Marty Madden
    Everyday Miracles
  • Paul S. Valdez De Polley
    Key Cast
    "Marie Antoinette Du Barry"
  • Dylan Griffith
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Documentary, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    26,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Marty Madden

Marty Madden is a Filmmaker and theater artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marty’s film work includes the screenplay for Susan Seidelman's wheelchair ballroom dance film, "Musical Chairs," as well as writing and directing his feature film, "Everyday Miracles" (released through Cinedigm, starring Gary Cole) about a reluctant faith healer escaping his dark past to find his place in the world. His most recent film is the documentary short, "Funeral Queen" examining the magnificent life and tremendous grief of Santa Fe Funeral Director/Drag Queen, Marie Antoinette Du Barry.

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Director Statement

The link between grief and drag performance is, perhaps, not an obvious one. But things are not often what they seem in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The ghosts of Santa Fe wander it’s winding streets, as if they never left. And, so it is with drag performer and Funeral Ambassador, Paul Valdez De Polley and his drag persona, Marie Antoinette du Barry who learned to sew in his grandmother’s dress shop and prepared for her death by creating an elaborate a Victorian funeral gown to wear to her funeral, only to be pushed off by the priest celebrating her funeral mass. But, what starts as a story of prejudice and pain transforms into a timeless tale of love and tradition and how that one special person can transform a life, even from beyond the grave — touching their hearts, filling their souls and, even, inspiring their art.