Project Peppermint
Project Peppermint
"Project Peppermint" is a documentary about the life of the remarkable New York City drag-queen legend.

Project Peppermint

"Project Peppermint" is the working title of the documentary about the life of the remarkable New York City drag-queen legend. The audience will be taken on a journey through her transition while she rises as an international star on VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race. The film will address topics such as fame, gender and identity, searching for an answer to the question "can a trans woman be a drag queen?"

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We have been fortunate enough to document Pep's struggles and triumphs from before she found international acclaim on Rupaul's Drag Race. Over the past year, we filmed over 100 hours of footage and interviews with Peppermint, her close friends and celebrities such as Lavern Cox, Cazwell, Trace Lysette ("Transparent"), Bob The Drag Queen, and others.

We spent countless hours with her as she traveled across the country and to Europe, filming her everyday interactions that form a full picture of the life of Peppermint interacting with her fans, her doctors, and the people who know her best.

The project has been self-financed from the moment we started filming. We were passionate about telling this story, and couldn't waste any time finding financing without missing out on filming crucial events. For the sake of keeping the documentary as true to reality as possible, we refused any financial donations from Peppermint herself.




"If I didn't get on the show"

Peppermint reveals what she would've done if she never got on Rupaul's Drag Race.


Pictures Outside of Drag

Behind the scenes with Peppermint and sasha velour, The finalists of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 9. 

Peppermint & Sasha Velour : Nude Photoshoot

Behind the scenes with Peppermint and sasha velour, The finalists of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 9. 

Words from the director 

The film's director, Oriel Pe'er talks about the PROCESS of making the film.



The Team



Oriel Pe'er / Director, Cinematographer 

Oriel is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer whose work has been published on TIME magazine, Resource Magazine, The Huffington Post and NOWNESS.

Oriel worked on castings for A&E Network, MTV, Bravo, Lifetime and TLC and served as the resident filmmaker & visual artist for the world-renowned dance company Pilobolus. He directed commercials for the clothing company NASTY PIG as well as short films for ARTNET. He photographed Glenn Close, Anthony Bordain, Willem Dafoe, Tippy Hedren and others for The Modern School of Film.


Marsin Mogielski / Asst. Director, Cameraman

Marsin is a photographer, filmmaker and the creative director of Social Life Magazine. His film highlights include 'The Making of 2015 Spring Collection' short film for b michael America’s runway show at Lincoln Center as well as the music video tribute to George Michael, Too Funky (ft Ari Gold & the cast of Rupaul's Drag Race season 9).



Michael Bukur / Production Coordinator

Michael is an NYU junior student Media, Culture, and Communication. Originally from Crown Point, Indiana, Michael has interests in the entertainment industry as well as the non-profit sector. He currently works on the Runner Services team at New York Road Runners where he combines his passions for running and people to engage with runners and provide a positive experience.


Mel Hudson / Production Assistant 

Mel is a multimedia producer from Detroit, Michigan working in New York City. She studied Media, Graphic Printing Sciences and Textiles at Western Michigan University.She is interested in sociology and the arts and hopes to continue producing projects that drive inter-sectional and progressive social conversation. Mel is currently working in media production at Art + Commerce.



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