TangerineOn Sunday March 20th, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will welcome various members of the Spirit Award winning film, TANGERINE, during its 22nd Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony at the historic Brattle Theatre.  Joining them for a mid-award conversation about the groundbreaking film will be Ned Hinkle, the Brattle’s Creative Director.  The show begins at 5 pm, and tickets are $20 ($15 for Chlotrudis and Brattle members), and can be purchased online at the Brattle’s website.   In attendance from the TANGERINE team will be producer Darren Dean, co-producer and cinematographer Radium Cheung, and actors Karren Karagulian and Mickey O’Hagan.  The film grabbed attention from the minute it premiered last year at Sundance, and has been showered with acclaim ever since.  With only a micro-budget to work with, the film was shot on a iPhone 5s, and was inspired by the lives of and stories provided by its two transgender lead actresses.

The film follows a day in the life of longtime friends Sin-Dee and Alexandra, as they careen along the margins of LA on Christmas Eve, as Sin-Dee searches for the boyfriend (and pimp) that done her wrong while she was in jail.  Leads Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor were discovered by the director near the donut shop that features in the film, and both have been showered with nominations for their breakout performances.

Manohla Dargis of the New York Times wrote, ”TANGERINE encompasses dizzying multitudes — it’s a neo-screwball chase flick with a dash of Rainer Werner Fassbinder — but mostly, movingly, it is a female-friendship movie about two people who each started life with an XY chromosome set”, while Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir said that the film “is somewhere between a happy collision of ingredients and a major step forward. A movie shot on a phone that also captures the lives of trans women of color with complexity and humor could not possibly be more perfectly timed than the summer of 2015.”

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