NY-based Cebuano gets slot in Locarno
Filmmaker-actor Vincent Sandoval says the transgender character he plays in his feature film â€œSeÃ±oritaâ€ is loosely based on Jane Fondaâ€™s â€œvulnerable yet steelyâ€ hooker role in â€œKlute.â€
â€œSeÃ±orita,â€ which is competing in the Filmmakers of the Present section of this yearâ€™s Locarno (Switzerland) fest, is an expansion of his earlier short of the same title. â€œSeÃ±oritaâ€ the short film is pretty well-traveledâ€”screened in Cannes, Vancouver, San Francisco and Amsterdam, among other major cities.
â€œWe just received another invite for the short, from the Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Denmark in October,â€ Sandoval related in an e-mail from New York, where he lives.
He replied to initial viewersâ€™ feedback: â€œI made the short primarily to raise funds for the feature and assure investors that I hadnâ€™t lost my mind for wanting to write, direct and play the lead role of a transgender prostitute in my first movie.â€ Sandoval portrays a tranny who turns a new leaf, becomes guardian to a child and gets entangled in small-town politics.