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Sundance 2018: RuPaul Heading To Park City For ‘Drag Race’ Retrospective & Award Juror Role

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EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned thatRuPaul is going to the Sundance Film Festival next month, with the festival presenting RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Retrospective of the Cultural Phenomenon.

The VH1 Emmy-winning series is about to celebrate its tenth season, and the RuPaul-hosted Sundance event and panel will take a look back at Drag Race‘s impact. Also sitting with RuPaul on the panel will be the series’ EPs and Sundance Film Festival vets Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, along with Tom Campbell and Pamela Post, SVP original programming for MTV, VH1 and Logo.

In addition RuPaul will serve as the sole juror for Sundance’s inaugural NEXT Innovator Award. RuPaul will present the NEXT Innovator Award to his favorite film in that category, which showcases pure, bold works distinguished by innovative, forward-thinking approaches to storytelling.

“Now more than ever, we need to clear a path for new voices to share their truth. From RuPaul’s Drag Race to Sundance, it’s an honor for me to support the next generation of forward-thinking storytellers and to be part of the inaugural NEXT Innovator Award,” said RuPaul.

Deadline co-Editor-in-Chief, Film Mike Fleming Jr., Senior Editor Dominic Patten and myself will lead our Sundance coverage with breaking news on the deals, the films, the panels, and the word on the streets of Park City and beyond. We will also have our Deadline Studio up and running again as we talk to filmmakers about their projects and the festival.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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