Club King, directed by Jon Bush, is one of three world premieres at this year’s Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF), and it is sure to get a global party started.
Bush’s film grants viewers a behind-the-scenes peek into the life of Mario Diaz, the club king known for organizing some of New York and Los Angeles’ hottest queer parties during the past twenty years. Diaz was also founder of the East Village bar the Cock, and hosts Big Fat Dick, the longest-running boy-party in Los Angeles.
Bush asked himself how Diaz could keep that level of partying going so long and so successfully, and Club King was born. The film director, who has been making movies since the age of sixteen when he bought a Super-8 camera out of the JC Penney catalogue, is no stranger to nightlife. He produces electronic dance music as Beatfreaque, mixing beats by night, but by day, he is art department coordinator for the television series New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel.
He took some time to answer Cultist’s questions about his new film, his fondness for South Beach, and how proud he is to be premiering Club King at MGLFF.