NY-based Cebuano gets slot in Locarno
Filmmaker-actor Vincent Sandoval says the transgender character he plays in his feature film “Señorita” is loosely based on Jane Fonda’s “vulnerable yet steely” hooker role in “Klute.”
“Señorita,” which is competing in the Filmmakers of the Present section of this year’s Locarno (Switzerland) fest, is an expansion of his earlier short of the same title. “Señorita” the short film is pretty well-traveled—screened in Cannes, Vancouver, San Francisco and Amsterdam, among other major cities.
“We just received another invite for the short, from the Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Denmark in October,” Sandoval related in an e-mail from New York, where he lives.
He replied to initial viewers’ feedback: “I made the short primarily to raise funds for the feature and assure investors that I hadn’t lost my mind for wanting to write, direct and play the lead role of a transgender prostitute in my first movie.” Sandoval portrays a tranny who turns a new leaf, becomes guardian to a child and gets entangled in small-town politics.