Every year, the range of nightlife stars shifts, as a roundabout cycle of new faces break into clubs and begin wrestling their way to the top of the scene, one party at a time. Some are more successful than others, but this year it was Queen Sateen and Exquisite who made their marital mark on NYC clubs, shaking up the norm as a self-declared “regular hetero married couple.”
The duo starred in our own fashion film, Triptych, and now have a mini-doc, Club Angels, centered on their story, directed by rising filmmaker Andy Boyce. After moving to New York a little over two years ago, Boyce said he was drawn to the vibrancy of queer nightlife, at first establishing himself as a persona, named “Pandy,” or the club panda version of himself. He began bringing his camera into clubs to document what he saw, and started filming Sateen and Exquisite more closely about a year ago.
“One night I met Sateen and Exquisite in the club and was immediately attracted to their larger-than-life personas,” Boyce said of the two. “They were in over-the-top drag, but were also so genuine and lovely at the same time. When I found out they were a heterosexual married couple and in a band together, I wanted to know more and document my exploration.”
Club Angels tells the story of how their group Sateen came into being, centered on how they first met and why they originally got involved with the queer nightlife scene. In addition to his own original footage, Boyce has spliced in an array of original Sateen tracks, music videos and Instagram posts, as well as found clips captured at the club. This project is a realization of his love for telling people’s stories—a passion provoked by his inspiration, Nelson Sullivan, the pioneering filmmaker venerated for documenting NYC nightlife when RuPaul was first making a name in the late ’80s, early ’90s queer scene.
“Nelson’s dedication inspires me to continue documenting the angels I come across in my life and share their stories of transcendence,” Boyce said. “When I started filming [Sateen and Exquisite] about a year ago, they were premiering a music video for their song, ‘TREAT YASELF,’ and performing at China Chalet. When I arrived, they were dressed as angels, which I thought was a great metaphor for the title of the piece.”
Ahead of Club Angels‘ premiere screening this week, we’re unveiling the first teaser clip of Boyce’s mini-doc, below. Watch the full short Thursday, May 26 at Brooklyn’s Powerplnt, featuring performances by Neocamp, Aja, Moma Shade, and, of course, Sateen. (More info, here)