Dallas gay filmmaker headed to NY film fest

Ticked-Off-Trannies_3-webLast 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.

The festival runs April 21 through May 2.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones