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VOL. 26, WATCH:

I AM NOT LIKE THEM, I TELL MYSELF

We feel strongly about every short film we present, but the whole rePROFilm team is wild about our Vol. 26 selection “How Not to Date While Trans,” and we’re super excited to share it with you!

We screened the film earlier tonight at the third Screening Womb pop-up cinema event. Over cocktails, mocktails and street tacos, we had a lively discussion facilitated by two members of the Wichita trans community.

We weren’t surprised that “How Not to Date While Trans” inspired a thoughtful response. Writer/director/star Nyala Moon handles the topic of “dating while trans” with immense honesty and self-assurance. She’s undoubtedly a filmmaker to watch.

If you couldn’t join us in person, we hope you’ll host your own mini screening this Pride month on your couch with some of your favorite people. (Give a listen to Nyala on the pod and groove to this month’s playlist while you’re at it!)

XO,
Team rePROFilm

VOL. 26, LISTEN:

MEET YOUR TRANS BEST FRIEND

We’re back in your inbox with two ways to prep for our upcoming screening of “How Not to Date While Trans,” our Vol. 26 rePROFilm short film selection.

First, this month’s bumpin’ playlist is loaded with tracks by new-to-you trans and nonbinary artists.

Secondly, our Periodical Podcast features an interview with “How Not to Date” filmmaker Nyala Moon, aka your new trans best friend.

Enjoy!

XO,
Team rePRO Film

PS – If you’re in Wichita on June 5th, do join us! Click here for tickets.

VOL. 26, LEARN:

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS

It’s hard to be yourself when you have no idea how people will react to who you are. That’s the reality of dating for many trans people. We’re diving into the topic in advance of our screening of the short film “How Not To Date While Trans,” an irreverent-but-poignant comedy from director/writer/star Nyala Moon. 

❇️ “I want to explore how fun being trans is—how ordinary yet extraordinary,” Moon explained in a recent interview. ❇️ 

We’ve collected some context: an interview and essay by Moon that both illuminate the themes of “How Not To Date,” plus a couple more windows into the trans dating experience.

XO,
the rePROFilm Team

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Directed by Nyala Moon (12 minutes)

“Have you ever been in a park watching a really cute couple making out, wishing it was you … but it can’t be you because you were born with a penis? Is that relatable?”

So begins “How Not to Date While Trans,” a irreverent, fourth-wall-breaking short film from writer/director/star Nyala Moon. As Andie, Moon is a woman looking for love. She has a “three-date rule:” if a prospective match has made it that far, she breaks the news that she’s trans before the relationship goes any further. It is, as viewers will discover, an imperfect system.

“How Not to Date While Trans” is a near-perfect short film. Moon shines in a lead role that requires impressive emotional range. In one scene, Andie brags about her amazing vagina. In another, she blows off rejection with a quip, but can’t quite fix her face in time.

Best of all, this film embraces its constraints, doing the absolute most with its cast, locations and 12-minute runtime. Moon doesn’t need a moment more to tell this laser-focused story, at once light-hearted and heartbreaking. — Emily Christensen

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On the Periodical Podcast, triple threat Nyala Moon chats about her “Fleabag”- inspired fourth-wall-breaking short film “How to Date While Trans.”

Like a lot of actors, Moon had to create the content she wanted to star in. When she was in school, pre-”Pose,” she jokes that most roles for trans people were “dead hooker #87” on “Law & Order: SVU.” She realized she couldn’t depend on others to create the kind of characters she wanted to play.

Moon’s “modern stories for trans people,” are populated with characters audiences can relate to. She hopes that helps transform how they feel.  |  transcript

“Many people do have negative opinions about trans people, but I think it comes from not knowing trans people,” the filmmaker says. “When a character breaks the fourth fall, you’re in on the joke with them. You’re navigating the journey with them.”

Playlist

Trans-Inspirational Express by DJ Teri Mott

DJ Teri Mott asks us to open ourr heart, mind and ears to these trans and nonbinary artists (and one ally) such as Shea Couleé, Dominique Morgan, Worriers, and Trap Girl. Who’s your new fave?

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Filmmaker Magazine interview with Nyala Moon

This  is a terrific intro to Nyala Moon and how she views both her work and her trans experience. The latter, she explains,  is a source of power and challenges at the same time. “I want to explore the fluidity of gender identity,” says Moon. “Being trans is not a perfect experience. There are moments of weakness, and you definitely question yourself.”

(Filmmaker Magazine)

Navigating the dating world as a trans woman

“So, between me and you, there isn’t a right way to tell someone you’re trans,” writes filmmaker Nyala Moon in what amounts to an essay version of her short film, “How Not to Date While Trans, which we’ll screen at the beginning of next month. Both the film and this essay are based on Moon’s own experience trying out different ways to communicate about her identity.  (Pride)

12 rules for cis men interested in dating trans women

Educate yourself, deal with your masculinity, and never, ever lead her on. These are among the (frankly inarguable) rules crafted by writer Nicky Alcenat and published on the website of a historically heteronormative men’s magazine. TBH we never thought we’d see the day. 

(GQ)

Trans Guys on Grindr: Some Tips for Safety and Success 

“Nothing quite says acceptance like an app designed for horny gay men,” writes Henry Giardina. “That said, trans guys looking to hook up on Grindr are vulnerable to a lot of absolute chicanery … But there are a few ways to stay safe as a transmasc while enjoying all that Grindr has to offer. 

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