It’s still very rare for transsexual actors to be given transsexual role, however Drunktown’s Finest is setting out to buck that trend, casting Navajo transsexual actress Carmen Moore in one of its lead roles. The movie has already been shot, but is now looking for completion funding on Kickstarter, in the hope it’ll be ready for the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The movie follows ‘3 Native Americans: a college-bound student, a father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual struggle to escape their Indian reservation.’ Writer/director Sydney Freeland created the movie in response to a news report she saw, which branded her community Drunktown USA.
The transsexual character, Felixia, faces the struggles of LGBT people in the modern world, not least that while Navajo culture has always revered members of the ‘third gender’, outside that there are men who think sleeping with her would make them gay, while many other people simply reject her.
It looks like it could be a fascinating movie, so if you want to help out, head over the Kickstarter.
Take a look a the Kickstarter campaign video and an intro from Carmen Moore below.