November 16, 2012
The fourth annual Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival, held November 2 to 4, featured an impressive collection of shorts and feature-length films aimed at expanding the conventional, tragic narrative often seen in stories about trans identities. Featuring three feature films and 24 short films from six different countries, the 2012 LATFF boasted near-capacity crowds at all its screenings of work by transgender, genderqueer, and intersex filmmakers. And its stories are the type that deserve amplifying during this Transgender Awareness Week. The first day's feature presentation was queer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye's erotic romantic comedy set in Berlin called Mommy Is Coming. Dunye's film tackles the taboo of mother-daughter sex, which Dunye said is an unintentional thread running through several of her films, including her landmark debut The Watermelon Woman. Mommy also breaks out of the confines of genre, blending graphic, erotic sex scenes with comedic narrative, actor interviews, and social commentary. It's a steamy film that had more than a few in the audience fanning their faces to hide blushing cheeks.