YOU’RE DEAD TO ME short film by Wu Tsang starring Harmony Santana

If you are as big a fan as I am of these two young ferocious talents you will be as thrilled as I was to learn of this awesome short film collaboration revolving around Dia de los Muertos based on Chicana queer artist Adelina Anthony (thanks to Juliana’s comment for letting me know about the original story by).

First, the amazing multi-media artist, Wu Tsang, who directed the magic realist documentary about the Silver Platter on Alvarado called The Wildness, is behind the camera again with her co-hort cinematographer, Michelle Lawlor.  Then there is the lovely, magnetic Hamony Santana who wowed and impressed as the young lead opposite Esai Morales as the father who won’t accept her gender variant identity in the film Gun Hill Road by Rashaad Ernesto Green.

The story is after mi own corazon, about an abuela who is visited by a muerto on the sacred Dia de los Muertos. This sacred holiday in Mexico is the hallmark of its hallowed dead culture. Growing up, I  never felt sad or at a loss when I heard people died it was so ingrained in me that they simply had become liberated of their physical vessels and were now free to roam about the world like ghosts. When mi querida spitfire abuelita Cruz died, I kept her content (and therefore assured myself the peace that she wouldn’t come lurking at night to pull my feet from bed) by building her an altar and keeping it full of her favorite stuff like pulp fiction novellas, cigarillos, domino and her favorite pair of knitting needles.

YOUR DEAD TO ME All only needs $1,500 to finish up and get ready for its closeup at the LA Film Festival screening on June 14. The project was made in partnership with Film Independent’s Project Involve diversity fellowship.  Go make donations here.

Like’m on Face
Follow on Twitter

Recommend: Gun Hill Road

Recommend: Gun Hill Road

Thanks to this exclusive from Indiewire commenting on the precarious state indie films are left when their distributor goes bankrupt, for bringing to attention that one such film, Gun Hill Road, written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green has managed to overcome this unforeseen temporary roadblock and is now available on Netflix.  Co-starring Esai Morales and Judy Reyes, Gun Hill Road is a fierce and sensitive NYC coming of age trans drama buoyed by its break out star Harmony Santana.  The authentic and fresh way the film deals with an identity crux of a gender variant teen clashing with the father’s traditional Latino masculinity (machismo) is a triumph for the rarely represented Latino LGBT voice.  Put it on the top of you instant queue ahorita!

p.s. regarding the Indiewire piece, word on the street is that Filly Brown which was recently dumped by Indomina Releasing has been picked up by Lionsgate, but this girl has been unable to confirm.