Thursday, February 21, 2013

What's The T?

What's The T? Poster
I was invited to cover the Asians on Film Festival and screen  "What's The T?" I've been wanting to see this documentary for a while now because a friend of mine was in it, and she happens to be a very sexy "Pinay."

The film stars five trans-women who reveal to us a little bit about their lives. They give us a comedic and emotional ride as we discover just what the "T" is.

Directo Cecilio Asuncion, talks about why he wanted to do a film that documented the lives of transgender women:
I really wanted to do a film that was inspirational and also aspirational because I wanted the audience to go and see it and aspire to be the best you that you can be. 
I wanted to go and do a really positive spin on the transgender stories that are out there by not presenting transgender women as women of victims of circumstance but as survivors and fighters.
Posing with Vi
One of the five women profiled, Vi  Le talks about the film:
It's just little glimpse of what a transgender's life is, normal girls -- just human nature and doing just what we do everyday, simple living. It gives a different perspective to our community, a positive light against the negative stigma that we are associated with.
Vi, Cecilio & Nya
My friend, Nya Ampon talking about what she hopes the Filipino community will take away after watching the film:
Hopefully a little more understanding. I hope that they'll see that there are more serious things that go on in a transgender's life. We're not just all comedians that make people laugh, although we like to make people laugh, but there's something deeper too.
What really made this film outstanding are the different characters that are featured. Rakash who is studying to become a Registered Nurse made me laugh to tears. The sexy "Pinay," Nya who works at Asia SF, the only place in the U.S that employs only trans women, Cassandra the beautiful buxom blonde and Mia a SF city youth council member.

I also got a special treat to talk with the editor of the film, Israel Luna who wrote and directed the film I loved, "Ticked Off Trannies With Knives" (A little gore and violence never hurt anyone). He talks about his next film venture "Kicking Zombie Ass For Jesus" which I can't wait to see.

I was lucky enough to spend more time with Cecilio and the cast after the interviews. We ventured out into the night and took Los Angeles by storm. I felt like I've known these people my whole life. I have truly made some great friends and I admire them for their courage and strength.
Fun Times 
"What's the T?" will certainly entertain you and surely inspire you. So tell me What's your T!?

For me the "T" is that we are all  woven from the same fabric of life and we have the choice to alter it to become who we are meant to be.