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Amy Oden

Born Port Jefferson, New York 1981

Lipstick and Leather: Excerpt

Single-channel video 
Runtime 9:38
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In a buttoned-up city like DC, what happens when drag queens go rogue? Lipstick and Leather explores the “alt-drag” community in the nation’s capital, and how these performers are spreading their influence across the east coast. These scenes are from this recently-released documentary.

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Produced, Directed, Shot and Edited by Amy Oden


Emmy Award winning Producer Amy Oden currently works at PBS's Maryland Public Television, where she sheds light on a variety of social and scientific topics, including the Baltimore uprising, fracking, mass incarceration, and the opioid crisis. Her most recent independent short, Lipstick and Leather is currently in the festival circuit. She is also working on her third independent feature, Calasag, which is fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association, and was granted a fellowship in the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins. Amy holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Gender and Media from George Washington University. Her work has won Communicator Emmy, Davey, and W3 Awards.