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Underground drag performer, master (or "mistress" if you prefer) of ceremonies, film maker and actor, "Peaches Christ", born Joshua Grannell, currently hails from San Francisco, California, where her Backlash Production Company and popular Midnight Mass movie series are based.

 

 Midnight Mass, the San Francisco midnight movie event that began in the summer of 1998 with elaborate pre-show stage productions, drag spectacles and famous guest stars including Mink Stole, Tura Satana, Mary Woronov, RuPaul, Erica Gavin, Patrick Bristow, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira Mistress, of the Dark), and John Waters, continue to draw sell-out crowds to this day. Touring the world over, her Midnight Mass road-show and Short Film Retrospective have been seen in such places as Seattle, Berkeley, New York City, Brussels, Belgium, and Switzerland.

 

 In 2005, "Peaches" released a CD single entitled Idol Worship, and in September of 2007, the San Francisco de Young Museum hosted the Decade of Peaches Christ Retrospective. Entitled "Cattychism", it featured artistic contributions inspired by "Peaches Christ", including ten years of costume design by long-time collaborator Tria Connell and ten years of graphic design by artist Chris Hatfield.

 

 In 2008, the HDnet Movie Channel and executive producer Mark Cuban aired the 10th Annual Season of her Midnight Mass stage-show. The six-part series is titled Midnight Mass with your Hostess Peaches Christ. Hi-Def 30 minute episodes centered around "Peaches" and Midnight Mass preceding uninterrupted screenings of her favorite films. Other television productions that "Peaches" has appeared on include VH1’s Totally Gay!, AMC’s Movies That Shook the World: Pink Flamingos, and IFC’s Cult Movie pilot, and was prominently featured as a protesting drag queen in Gus Van Sant's 2008 feature film Milk, starring Sean Penn.

 

 "Peaches" appeared in numerous other films as well, including Spin the Bottle, a "drag-umentary" chronicling life behind the scenes at Midnight Mass and is a send-up of Madonna: Truth or Dare. Spin the Bottle was written by her alter-ego Joshua Grannell and directed by San Francisco filmmaker Scott Boswell. "Peaches Christ" also a co-produces, along with artist and musician Visantos, the San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival, which was originally designed to showcase talented but overlooked Bay Area filmmakers.

Written and directed by her alter-ego Joshua Grannell, "Peaches Christ" stars in a number of short films fondly referred to as the Tran-ilogy of Terror. These three films, reverently tipping their hats to horror classics, include Season of the Troll, A Nightmare On Castro Street, and Whatever Happened to Peaches Christ?. Her fourth short film, Grindhouse, currently being developed into a feature-length film, is a gore comedy to be shot in the Bay Area in 2009 entitled All About Evil.

Performing at film festivals, in movie theatres, and on University campuses "Peaches Christ" often tours with her short film collection and presents it as part of An Evening With Peaches Christ, a multi-media show including live singing, and the screening of her short films, with "Peaches" telling stories, sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotes throughout the program, and closing with an audience Q&A. Often substituting for hostess and fellow drag performer "Heklinka", "Peaches Christ" continues to appear at the Trannyshack where she got her start in 1996.

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