Peaches Christ is the alter-ego of writer/director Joshua Grannell. He attended film school at Penn State, where his senior thesis film won the audience award upon graduation. It was during the production of this film that the character Peaches Christ (played by Mr. Grannell) was born. Inspired by the city’s bohemian, underground art scene, he moved to San Francisco after graduation.
Mr. Grannell is the creator of Midnight Mass, which ran for twelve years at the Bridge Theatre and became the most successful midnight movie series in the nation. Midnight Mass is a pilgrimage, a house-party, street theater, and a movie screening all rolled into one. A related television series entitled Midnight Mass with Your Hostess Peaches Christ has aired on HDNet. For the past several years Peaches Christ has produced Midnight Mass events at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. These events draw more than 1,000 attendees to each new production and have featured special guest stars such as Cloris Leachman, Apollonia, Barry Bostwick, Ricki Lake, Pam Grier, Patricia Quinn, and more.
Peaches Christ has been featured on VH1’s Totally Gay!, AMC’s Movies That Shook the World, the Academy Award-winning film Milk, HBO’s original series Looking, the feature films The Diary of a Teenage Girl, I Am Divine, Jayne Mansfield 66/67, and more. In celebration of a decade of Peaches Christ, in 2007 the de Young Museum mounted a retrospective featuring artwork created for and inspired by the performer. In 2010, Peaches Christ was the face of a city-wide marketing campaign celebrating the 75th Anniversary of SFMOMA. 2015 saw the San Francisco Symphony debut of Peaches Christ, hosting a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween; she returned for last season’s Holiday Gaiety show.
Joshua Grannell is currently the CEO and President of Peaches Christ Productions, LLC. He also teaches filmmaking and performance through character creation at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the writer and director of the feature film All About Evil, a loving homage to cult films and neighborhood movie houses. The film went on a cross-country tour as part of its theatrical release and featured the "Peaches Christ Experience in 4-D," a fully-realized stage show that preceded screenings. All About Evil has won a number of film festival awards and is now available on DVD. Mr. Grannell is currently developing a new feature film, a wicked dark comedy set in an old San Francisco church run by former child stars.