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.
Directors | Renee Mao & Savannah O'Leary
Producer | Kieran Altmann
Cinematographer | Shannon Palmer
Editor | Savannah O'Leary
Featuring | Panthera Lush
Blvck Laé D.
Production Design | Violet Overn
Composers | Dylan Nowik, Matt Parad & Annika Zee
Sound Design & Mix | Hunter Berk
Colorist | Kath Raisch @ Company 3
Title Design | Ugly Wolf
Title Animation | Ericka Ubasa
Motion Graphics | Phillip Gladkov