The Making of Panthera is a character-driven documentary short about 25-year-old Brooklyn-based drag queen Panthera Lush, whose awe-inspiring creations are the product of hundreds of painstaking hours spent at the sewing machine. With her inventive, couture-worthy looks, Panthera elevates drag to the status of fine art. Weaving cinéma vérité and choreographed drama, this documentary short invites you to gallivant around Panthera’s Brooklyn — in her dressing room, backstage, and at a 2 a.m. diner run with friends. Somewhere along the way, we learn just what it is about drag that has captivated today’s culture.
FILM DESCRIPTION: Lifelong friends Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) take their relationship to the next level by having sex. Afraid of ruining their friendship, the new lovers make a pact to keep things purely physical, with no fighting, no jealousy and no expectations. Emma and Adam pledge to do whatever they want, wherever they want, as long as they do not fall in love. The question then becomes: Who will fall first?
By integrating data and engineering with craft, Janet Echelman builds large-scale art that changes human interaction with urban landscapes. Made out of high tech fiber originally created for NASA, Echelman’s sculptures use natural elements to create an interactive experience for onlookers. She works with computer scientists, artisans and aeronautical engineers from all over the world to bring her massive works of art to life. With installations across the globe, she’s proven that art can truly change the fabric of cities.