What is your ideal future for trans and non-binary representation in media?
I hope for a future in which the representation of black trans women is not limited in film and television to positions in front of the camera. I hope they have larger roles as directors and producers. While more black trans women are appearing in movies and on T.V. I hope to see them in more non-entertainment roles, such as announcers and news anchors.
What are one or two of your favorite films? What makes those films great?
I’m a sucker for westerns and The Magnificent 7 (1960) is at the top of my list. My second favorite right now is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). Both are excellent examples of how to tell a simple story with universal themes but what makes them a delight for me is that they show us that anyone can be a hero. No matter if we are inexperienced, or reluctant, or small we can still achieve something great for the betterment of everyone. I think we really need to be reminded of that right now.
What’s next for you as a filmmaker or as an artist?
I’m currently working on a documentary set in the Mississippi Delta town of Clarksdale. The New Roxy Theater explores the tensions of black film spectatorship during segregation through the stories of family and friends with close ties to a defunct movie house, the New Roxy.
Directed by Daryl Jones
PROGRAM 5 – Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 4pm
Tender tells the story of three black trans women and their inextricable connections to San Francisco’s often maligned Tenderloin neighborhood and the tensions caused by San Francisco’s housing crisis.
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