PROBLEM ATTIC IN THE PRESS
Windy City Times 09.17.19 - “Gay filmmaker takes the crown in 'Pageant Material'“
”For me, queer joy is the ability to be unabashedly yourself in the face of adversity. Rodney knows who he is, and in every single instance he stands up for himself and fights back.”
WABE 90.1/NPR 04.08.19 - “Atlanta Film ‘Pageant Material’ Puts Twist On Cinderella Story”
“I really wanted to showcase the idea of queer joy versus queer pain. A queer character is just like everyone else. What makes Rodney different in the eyes of his heterosexual counterparts is largely what makes him the same. We all have dreams, we all want to follow them, we all have a right to.”
Wussy Magazine 04.02.19 - “A Drag Come True: Interview with 'Pageant Material' director Jonothon Mitchell”
"Across mainstream and independent media there are very few stories of being gay in the South, let alone stories about being a drag queen in the South."
Instinct Magazine 04.01.19 - “‘Pageant Material’ is a Modern Gay Cinderella Story”
"Pageant Material is a loose adaptation on the Cinderella classic, but with some recent films like Dumplin’ and Cherry Pop on Netflix, it joins a surge of coming-of-age stories that were tailor-made for the queer community."
Georgia Public Broadcast 03.21.19 - "Indie Filmmaker Series: Jonothon Mitchell”
"I want people to understand that queer narratives are not uniquely queer. We can relate to them. The stories we tell as queer individuals are just as special and just as important as stories you see from non-queer individuals.”
Delta Tau Delta 09.18.18 - "Indie Film Director Tackles Social Issues in Feature Film"
“My overall feeling towards the content I'm trying to make, the films I'm trying to create, is that we, even at the smallest level, have the ability to bring joy to other people through things that we're creating and the things that we're putting into the world.”
VoyageATL 09.05.18 - "Meet Jonothon Mitchell of Problem Attic Productions in Buckhead"
"We are a group that is committed to creating high-quality content and I think the reputation we’ve been able to build for ourselves directly reflects that."
Matthew's Place/Medium 08.24.18 - "#IanInterviews: Dear Jono of Adult Swim"
"Your hard work isn’t fully paying off unless your wheels occasionally need to be greased. Challenges exist to make you strong. They exist to make you a better person and we should always remember that we are not defined by our challenges, but rather by how we respond to them."
Atlanta Film Chat 07.23.18 "Episode 194: Jonothon Mitchell & Hart Morse"
Jonothon Mitchell and Hart Morse from Pageant Material discuss making the film, drag culture, how Jonothon managed to snag high-profile celebs for the film, and more!
Creative Loafing 07.16.18 - "A Conversation with Jonothon Mitchell"
"If teenagers who identify as queer can see someone like Rodney on the screen who’s not defined by a relationship, but rather the journey he takes to achieve his dreams, I think that’s going to be so inspiring to so many people — at least, I hope so."
Newsy 06.20.18 - "30 Minutes With.. Jonothon Mitchell"
Full video interview coming soon!
Fame Focus 04.12.18 - "'Pageant Material’ Director and Co-Writer Discusses Creating Content with Weight and Purpose"
“I hope that teens all over will see themselves in Rodney and will identify with his strength and courage. I hope we can celebrate his difference and individuality as a queer person and that people can see that what makes Rodney unique is just as important as what makes him ‘normal’ in the eyes of his heterosexual counterparts.”
Matthew's Place/Medium 04/10/18 - "Why I’m Making a Film About a Teenage Drag Queen"
"At his core, Rodney is character who is stronger and braver than I am. He is fearless and stands his ground in the face of oppression. He is smart, quick-witted, and unapologetically queer. He exists to celebrate queer difference, not straight acceptance"
Instinct Magazine 03.27.18 - "Mayhem Miller is set to hit the silver screen with drag artist Desmond Napoles!"
"I’ve recently grown to really love and admire drag culture and the strength and bravery drag queens have just by showcasing their talent night after night whether it’s on RuPaul’s Drag Race or on stage at any local clubs across the country. That admiration paired with my own nostalgia and resolve to create a film of importance ended up being integral in developing “Pageant Material.”"
NewNowNext 03.25.18 “Drag Race” Queen Mayhem Miller Starring In Teen Drag Film “Pageant Material”
“It is my goal to bring stories of everyday people to life in fresh and exciting ways, but more importantly as a gay man I yearn for more accurate and positive LGBT representation in film.”