I’m please to be one of the few people unconnected to Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives who has actually seen the film and thinks it’s good. I’m also proud to say that, unlike some others, I actually believe in freedom of speech.
It’s nice to see Todd Camp does, too.
Camp, founder of Fort Worth’s Q Cinema, has announced that Israel Luna’s controversial film — where drag queens, some actual transgender women, fight back after a brutal gay bashing — will get its “Southwestern premiere” at the 12-year-old gay film fest later this spring. But what I really like is the thoughtful way Camp & Co. address the attacks on the film:
The film has already touched off a wave of criticism throughout the blogosphere, inspiring a Facebook group out to have the pulled from Tribeca and planned protests in New York. [GLAAD] issued an action alert declaring that, “the film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and use grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face.”
Q Cinema staffers had made the determination to show the film before the trans tempest began stirring, but remain even more committed to presenting it after watching the efforts to try to have the film removed from Tribeca.
Q Cinema, first and foremost, has been a supporter of local filmmakers and Israel has been a long-time friends of the festival since we premiered his first feature several years ago. … Oone of the roles of any film festival is the present new, dangerous, sometimes unpopular ideas and the allow audiences to decide for themselves. …
For the film’s legions of critics, this is an opportunity to see it before you pass judgment on it in order to avoid the kind of sight-unseen criticism that has long plagued gay- and lesbian-themed entertainment of all kinds. We’re here to screen films and open a dialogue about them afterwards. That’s what we’ve done for 12 years, and we’re not about to stop now.
Another strike in favor of free speech! Thanks, Todd, for reminding GLAAD (which Tribeca called out as hypocrites after they ENDORSED the film earlier before shifting their opinion with the political winds) and their fellow advocates favoring censorship would think about this, they’d see what they are doing is no better than what happened in Stephenville and ever gay-themed movie that has ever tried to play in a small-town.
Dallas — and New York — is not a small town. Too bad it is being painted with small-town thinking on this issue of artistic expression.
MovieLine.com has apparently been following the controversy over Dallas filmmaker Israel Luna’s latest flick, “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” and Thursday posted this story about Tribeca Film Festival’s response to GLAAD’s call to action for the festival to remove Luna’s film from its 2010 line-up.
This is the statement from Tribeca:
“The filmmakers provided a copy of this film to GLAAD in February, and for weeks the organization had been supportive to the filmmakers. In fact, GLAAD representatives advised the film’s producer, director and cast on how to describe the film to its core constituency. Tribeca is proud of its ongoing commitment to bring diverse voices and stories to its audiences, and looks forward to the film’s premiere at our Festival next month.”
A while back we reported that gay Dallas filmmaker Israel Luna’s “Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives!”— which will be the subject of a feature story in Friday’s Voice — had been selected for the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. But today comes word that GLAAD has issued a call to action demanding that the film be pulled from the festival. Why? I’ll let you read it for yourself. I’ve also left a message with Luna to get his take. My guess is he’ll be thrilled to have the free publicity.
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the story from our print edition, in which some of these issues are addressed.
Last summer, we tracked the filming of Israel Luna’s locally-produced “transploitation” action comedy, Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives!, without knowing exactly what would become of the finished product. Well, now we know. Only eight months later, Luna’s pic has been selected to appear in the Tribeca Film Festival — not a gay-only festival, mind you, but Robert DeNiro’s high-profile Gotham fortnight of film. Yeah, that Tribeca Film Festival. It’s big news.
Ticked-Off, which Luna shot largely with local talent (including Jenna Skyy, pictured) at locales like Station 4, is headed for New York with as many castmembers as he can wrangle for his highest-profile world premiere yet. And Luna says it’s the first film ever to screen at Tribeca with actual transgender persons in principal roles playing transgender characters.
Israel Luna and DVtv go to the DART board meeting where community members express their complaints over DART’s interference in a trans employee’s efforts to have her gender marker changed on her legal documents and the agency’s lack of policies protecting transgender employees.
Go here to read John Wright’s latest story on the situation.