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QueerCuts: Ryan Cassata at the SF Transgender Film Festival!

I’m so honored that for this QueerCuts I get to call out one of my fellow writers here at Strange Fire. Ryan Cassata and his amazing video for Daughter (which we featured over the summer here)are going to be showcased at the upcoming San Francisco Transgender Film Festival!

Here’s some of what Ryan had to say to SFTFF in their special artist spotlight!
SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

Ryan: The inspiration behind my film was my personal experience transitioning from female to male and going from my dads daughter to his son.

SFTFF: What is one thing you’ve learned from making your film?


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Ryan: I learned that even with a small indie budget a film can make an impact!

SFTFF: What is the future of trans/gendernonconforming filmmaking?

Ryan: I believe that more community members will rise up and tell their stories through film. I hope everyone has the drive and opportunity to chase their dreams.

SFTFF: What is a highlight or a favorite memory from working on your film?

Ryan: My favorite part of making this music video was when I had all the actors in the room together and everyone listened to the song for the first time. All of the actors in the film were either trans, queer or parents of trans people. Most people cried because they felt like they could relate or they had some relief.

SFTFF: Name 3 of your all-time favorite films.

Ryan: My favorite films are: Inside Llewyn Davis, Fever Pitch (2005 film), Pirates of the Caribbean

Don’t miss Daughter, Directed by Ryan Cassata & Maxine Bowen on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 8pm and Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 2pm at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The text for this interview was originally published on the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival website.

-Cindy Emch