The Beauty President | A Breakwater Original

Published on May 12, 2022

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In 1992, at the height of the AIDS pandemic, activist Terence Alan Smith made a historic bid for president of the United States as his drag queen persona Joan Jett Blakk. Today, Smith reflects back on his seminal civil rights campaign and its place in American history.

Breakwater Studios, Hillman Grad Productions, and LA Times Studios present THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT.

Terence Alan Smith

Directed & Edited by
Whitney Skauge

Executive Producer
Lena Waithe

Produced by
Caley Fox Shannon

Director of Photography
Haley Watson

Original Score by
Khamani Hagood

Re-Recording Mixer and Supervising Sound Editor
Sean Higgins

Stephen Derluguian

Post Production Supervisor
Dillon Brown

Post Production Producer
Elizabeth Brooke

Story Producer
Sarah Stewart

Executive Producers
Abby Lynn Kang Davis
Dawn O’Keeffe
Ben Proudfoot
Rishi Rajani

Assistant Editor
Cody Wilson

Sound Designer
Alex Weiss

Scoring Mixer
Stephen Kaye

Poster and Title Designer
Brooke Granowski

Archival Footage
“The 90’s”/Fund for Innovative TV
“Drag in for Votes” / Gabriel Gomez & Elspeth Kydd
“The Brenda and Glenda Show” / Manhattan Cable TV
“Chicago Gay Pride Parade 1992” / Paul Belloni

For Breakwater Studios

Head of Production
Josh Rosenberg

Field Producer
Gabriel Berk Godoi

Field Producer
Rachel Greenwald

Post Production Supervisor
Laura Carlson

Assistant to the Head of Post Production
Tyler Ten Haken

Office of the CEO
Julia Davis

Studio Coordinator
Keeland Bowers

Studio Assistant
Patrick Maclan

Production Technician
Joey Lambert

Special Thanks
David C. Magdael and Associates, Inc.
Craig ‘Cowboy Aines
Alex Austin
Bianca Collins
Grace Zahrah
Hannah Ausländer
Jeremy Lambert
Tiffany Gist

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