Transgender writer/director Kase Peña’s passion for telling stories like hers has been condensed into ‘Trans Los Angeles,’ an anthology film comprised of four independent short films that will be released in the coming months.
Each of the shorts addresses the daily existence of different trans characters played by Carmen Carrera, Stephani Beatriz, and Yaya Gosselin.
It is the work of Peña’s own production company, Trans Los Angeles LLC, along with Evelyn Martinez and Kristi Lugo, who also worked side-by-side on another HBO-acquired short, Full Beat.
As reported by Deadline, the three Latinx actresses are cast in the short titled Period, which centers on Vergara (Carrera) as she is just released from prison and gets a part-time job as a nanny for a little girl (Gosselin). Concurrently, she maintains the sex work that landed her in jail in the first place.
Transgender icon Carmen Carrera is a well-known activist who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, its spin-off RuPaul’s Drag U, and the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We will see her again before the end of the year alongside Lin-Manuel in the musical In The Heights.
Trans Los Angeles has so far received grants from Panavision, Light Iron Post, WarnerMedia, and Latino Lens, along with a grant from WeHo’s Transgender Arts Initiative. Peña, a recipient of the first LALIFF Inclusion Grant, will use this directing program to complete the production of Period Segment.
This is definitely an urgent narrative within the Latinx community in the U.S., especially for transgender people who face violence and discrimination every day in the supposedly most developed country in the world.