What does "no fats, no femmes" mean?
Where did you get the idea to explore the thought process behind this statement in a documentary?
In the film's introduction you quote Mark Aghuar's "A Litany for My Heavenly Brown Body" which rejects whiteness, beauty and privilege while at the same time blessing the "sissies, trans, high femmes." What about that work made you want it as the start of the documentary?
You say that the documentary focuses on the "politics of desirability." Explain what that is.
Why was it important for you to have an all-black cast?
But some might say the politics of desirability also affect white people. Is there space for them?
You crowdfunded $17,384 as a first time filmmaker. What does that tell you about the subject of your work?
How do the topics you're raising in "No Fats, No Femmes" intersect with the Black Lives Matter movement and what seems like the exclusion of black trans and gender nonconforming people in that movement?
What do you mean when you say people "fail gender"?
A number of recent videos of transgender and gender deviant people protesting police brutality and anti-LGBT laws using the voguing dance style have gone viral, including one of you. How can performance art be a tool for movement work?
What do you want people to take away from the documentary?
I want people to take away whatever they need from the film, most importantly healing, self reflexivity and honesty. May it be a mirror through which to engage their desires, internalized phobias and fears around who they are and what they have been told they are. And that's my most honest response because sometimes I feel like I don't know who exactly my work is speaking to and what people are taking from it. Most surprisingly, straight cis women and men are coming up to me after these talks at universities, community centers and movement spaces telling me how my work resonates with them, and they've helped me realize that this is bigger than [the] LGBT community and that it is bigger than all of our bedrooms. Desirability impacts so much around us, and I want healing for all.
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