Director Assaad Yacoub delivers the laughs — and we mean LAUGHS — on Sept. 22 with the DVD debut — courtesy of Wolfe — of his first feature-length film, Cherry Pop.
The germination for this film was Yacoub’s 2013 student film at the New York Film Academy of the same name, which subsequently went on the film circuit and scored some impressive awards — Best of the Festival at Palm Springs International ShortFest, The IndieFest Film Awards (Best Short Film and the Award of Merit for Best Director) and the Accolade Competition.
It took awhile — as indie filmmaking often does — to raise the production budget, but here it is, Cherry Pop in all of its drag queen glory.
Yacoub was able to recruit one hell of a cast, which includes Caldwell “Bob the Drag Queen” Tidicue as Kitten Withawhip (the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race), Detox Icunt, Misty Violet, Allusia Alusia, Mayhem Miller and more.
The film is constructed to allow each a moment on stage and then Yacoub brings us backstage where the real show takes place — where the cat fights, the drama and the real intrigues ensue.
The MacGuffin is the arrival of a newbie named The Cherry (played by Lars Berge), who will be performing for the first time … and The Cherry, as we shall learn, has a “terrible” secret. Hand-and-hand with this is the bittersweet farewell of Lady Zaza (played by Patrick “Tempest DuJour” Holt), who is calling it quits for very personal reasons.
Cherry Pop is vibrant, colorful and loads of fun … this is one not to be missed come Sept. 22.