EastSiders: The Documentary

EastSiders: The Documentary


The beginning of the Emmy-Nominated LBTQ series EastSiders was marked by the Mayan Apocalypse, with the characters’ relationships being tested at an “End of the World” party in Silver Lake 2012. Now, seven years and four seasons later, the team behind the show is thanking their fans and supporters by releasing a free documentary, EastSiders: The Documentary, chronicling their journey from YouTube to Netflix. Featuring interviews and behind the scenes footage from set with the cast, including series creator Kit Williamson, original cast member Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians), 5 time Emmy-Nominee Van Hansis (As the World Turns), Traci Lords (Crybaby), Brea Grant (Heroes), John Halbach (Emmy-Nominee, EastSiders), and Drag Sensations Willam, Katya and Manila Luzon.

Since its inception, EastSiders has received critical acclaim and praise, with Entertainment Weekly calling the show “funny and heartbreaking,” and Out Magazine praising it as “relatable, fresh and darkly funny.” In addition to its 8 Emmy nominations, the series, which has been now been subtitled in over 30 languages, won “Best Web Drama” at the 2013 LA Weekly Awards, “Best Ensemble” at the Indie Series Awards, and was nominated for a “Satellite Award” from the International Press Academy.

The fourth and final season of Kit Williamson’s Emmy-nominated LGBTQ series EastSiders, a co-production with Wolfe Video, was released on Netflix on December 1st. New cast additions in Season 4 included Jake Choi (Single Parents) playing Thom’s editor Clifford, who makes him question the trajectory of his relationship; Hailee Sahar (Pose) and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Derrick’s co-workers and confidantes at the hospital; Daniel Newman (The Walking Dead) guest starring as a playboy with a heart of gold; Lin Shaye (Insidious) as Quincy’s conservative mother, who he fears will judge Douglas for performing in drag; and Bryan Batt (Mad Men) making an appearance as Cal’s estranged father Richard, whose sudden return challenges Cal’s relationship with his mother Valerie, played by Traci Lords (Crybaby, Swedish Dicks). Drag Race alums Manila Luzon and Katya Zomoldova appear as members of Douglas’ all-star bridal party, with social media stars Max Emerson and Chris Salvatore (Eating Out) and Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye) rounding out his production crew to document the ceremony and amplify his burgeoning Internet celebrity. Additional guest stars included Brea Grant (Heroes), Satya Bhabha (Sense8), Jolly Abraham (Law & Order: SVU), Seth Daniel (Feral), adult film star Adam Ramzi, drag performers Marta Beatchu and Biqtch Puddin’ (Dragula), and social media stars Mark Kanemura (So You Think You Can Dance), RJ Aguiar, Andres Camilo, Rick Twombley-King and Griff Twombley-King.

EastSiders: The Documentary was directed by Kit Williamson, shot by Jordan Rennert and edited by Patrick Meaney.

22 thoughts on “EastSiders: The Documentary”

  1. I loved being Gommorah Ray/ Marcia Gay Hardon/ Dinah Aids /Amber Alert and will probably never have something this good to be in again unless Kit writes me another part. Also- subscribe to my youtube 🙂

  2. i really enjoyed Eastsiders in all its gay glory! i could relate to so much, the love, the struggles and most of all the human connections! thank you Kit and the cast for the remarkable journey! truly ICONIC 🌈❤️

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