Hurricane Bianca: The Movie

A comedy about a New York teacher who moves to small town Texas, is fired for being gay, and returns disguised as a mean lady to get revenge on the nasty town.
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Matt Kugelman
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Film
New York, New York
United States
2 Team Members
Hurricane Bianca is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hurricane Bianca must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

My name is Matt Kugelman and I'm the writer and director of the feature film Hurricane Bianca.  I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this project.  

Making a feature film has been a dream of mine since childhood.  I was inspired to write this story by a comedian friend, Roy Haylock who created the character named "Bianca Del Rio."  Tall, slender and glamorous, but with the mouth of a truck driver, I immediately thought that Bianca was a total movie character, and that this would be the story that I develop for my first feature.

The story of Hurricane Bianca deals with the issues of trying to "be yourself" in a world that doesn't quite accept you.  The main character, Richard, a fish-out-of-water gay New Yorker that winds up in small-town Texas, is harassed and fired from his job when his sexuality is discovered.  He creates an alter ego, disguising himself as "Bianca," and gets re-hired in order to get revenge on those that were nasty to him. Although Bianca is merely an alter ego, she's badass.  She's smart, beautiful, but most importantly, she doesn't put up with cruelty.  I think that Bianca's assertiveness will empower not only young gay people to stand up for themselves, but anyone who has ever felt alienated or different.  No matter who you are, the story is going to make you laugh!

PRODUCTION TEAM

ROY HAYLOCK - Lead Actor

Roy Haylock is the winner of season six of RuPaul's Drag Race!  Before that, he has had many theatrical starring roles that include Angel in Rent, the Emcee in Cabaret, and Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy.  Roy performs improv comedy as his drag alter-ego Bianca Del Rio in cabarets and nightclubs across the country.  As Bianca, he’s appeared on Logo TV's "Dragtastic: One Night Standup comedy special and has hosted the annual Bourbon Street Costume Awards in Mardi Gras for over ten years.  On television, Bianca has appeared on MTV’s Mardi Gras from New Orleans with Britney Spears and Carson Daly, The Craig Kilborn Show, and Mardi Gras Unmasked on the Travel Channel.  Roy currently resides in NYC.

Matt Kugelman, Writer/Director

Matt Kugelman studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California and Columbia College Chicago.  A week after graduating, he moved to New York City to intern on Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.  He got hired full-time after producing a series of comedic short videos for Moore’s speaking tour that were seen by thousands of people and often received standing ovations.  Soon after, Kugelman started working as the editor/photographer of the CBS News on Logo Show.  In addition to producing a news show every day, he worked on numerous half-hour specials and documentaries under very strict television deadlines.  From there he went on to edit the CBS Evening News and was recruited by the CBS: This Morning Show when they launched in January 2012.

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    Hurricane Bianca Remix!

    The amazing DJ Viklovin remixed all of your favorite Bianca sayings into a hip new track! For just $2, we will email you the high-resolution audio file. It's the perfect song for working out, parties, or simply driving around town yelling at strangers!

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    The Thunderstorm

    You will receive a postcard with an autograph and a KISS from Bianca Del Rio!

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    The Drizzle

    A digital download of the final film will keep you dry on a rainy night!

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    The Monsoon

    An autographed copy of Bianca Del Rio on the cover of Next Magazine's Pride Issue. Bianca is photographed in her clown dress that she wore during the red carpet finale of Drag Race and talks about winning the crown!

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    The Rain Storm

    Read along with the us with your own digital copy of the original screenplay!

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    Bianca Del Rio will record a personalized outgoing message for your voicemail!

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    The Typhoon

    An autographed copy of Bianca Del Rio as "Evita" on the cover of HX magazine!

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    The Downpour

    Bianca Del Rio will personally thank you (in video form) with a 10-15 second video for your Instagram/Facebook/Xtube account!

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    The Category 2

    Our friend and noted artist Ashley Wilde will draw you into a scene with Bianca Del Rio. Where do you want it? A drag show, a Truck Stop, Outer Space? You decide where you want the scene to take place!

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    The April Shower

    A Limited Edition Signed Hardcover Screenplay! (amount over $40 is tax-deductible)

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    The Hurricane!

    Your own personalized episode in the series called "Bianca Hates you!" Bianca Del Rio will make you your own insult video! (You will have to help us provide the dirt, or nominate a friend!)

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    Limited Edition Hardcover Photobook of still photos from the set! (amount over $50 is tax-deductible)

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