Best of 2015: The Trans Indie Film, ‘Tangerine’

Mya Taylor (l) and Kiki Kitana Rodrigue (r) in a promo shot for 'Tangerine.' (Facebook)

You may not have heard of this film that shows that independent films are often better than the big budget one’s but “Tangerine” is a gem.

Take two trans best friends who don't have much money, prospects and may turn a trick or two to buy a meal but there's much more to Alexandra (Mya Taylor) and Sin-Dee (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez). Namely they have hopes, dreams and, even at the worst times, each other. Also, instead of focusing the film on these two trans women, the film is really about a thing we all know about - friendship.

“Tangerine” comes from writer/director Sean Baker (who co-wrote the film with Chris Bergoch), and was shot entirely on an IPhone 5. I cannot remember the last time a film with a small budget impacted me as a viewer in the way that “Tangerine” did and it truly stands above many of the films (most of those on a much bigger budget) that I took in in 2015.

I had the pleasure of moderating a SAG/AFTRA Foundation Panel recently with Taylor, who was a breath of fresh air with her point of view, honesty and realness. Check out the video of the panel below and then be sure to add “Tangerine” to your must-watch list. Even easier, it’s available on XFINITY ON DEMAND. (Spoiler Alert: During the panel, plot points in the film are discussed)

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Here’s the trailer for the film:

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For more on “Tangerine,” check out its Facebook page

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