Film Juror RuPaul Leads “Drag Race” Panel, DJs After-Party, At Sundance

"I feel like Judge Judy.”

Consider that 2018 Sundance Film Festival sissied.

No stranger to judgment, RuPaul was in Park City, Utah, this weekend as the sole juror for Sundance’s inaugural NEXT Innovator Award 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,” said the drag icon in a previous statement. “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.”

According to the live blog for Saturday night’s Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony, awards host Jason Mantzoukas introduced Ru, who accessorized his dark suit and ascot with a black leather backpack. “I brought my purse ’cause I don’t trust no bitches,” he joked.

RuPaul ultimately declared a tie—“I fought long and hard with myself over this,” he said—between Jordana Spiro’s Night Comes On and Jeremiah Zagar’s We the Animals.

“The truth is, you’re all winners,” he added. “Do you know how hard it is to make a movie? Even a terrible movie. It’s so difficult to do and then get people to watch it, it’s amazing. It was an honor to be judge and jury. I feel like Judge Judy.”

Following the ceremony, RuPaul DJed the festival’s official after-party, dancing along to classic tracks by Janet Jackson, The Smiths, David Bowie, and more.

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The festival also welcomed RuPaul Friday afternoon for RuPaul’s Drag Race: A Retrospective of the Cultural Phenomenon, celebrating the Emmy-winning reality series thus far. The panel also included Drag Race executive producers Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell, and Pamela Post, SVP original programming for MTV, VH1, and Logo.

“We’re gobsmacked at how the show has a life of its own,” Ru told the crowd. “The show wants to speak and tell its own story, and we just help facilitate that.”

Watch the Drag Race retrospective panel below.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 airs Thursdays at 8/7c on VH1.

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