I recently had the pleasure of contributing in a very small way to a short film starring Calpernia Adams and Andrea James titled Transproofed. You may recognize those two lovely ladies from LOGO's reality dating show Transamerican Love Story. My good friend Michael Crispen art directed the project and placed some of my artwork into Calpernia's character's home.
Above is the dazzling Calpernia in a scene which features a male display mannequin which I painted from head to toe. Longtime readers of my blog may recognize that mannequin from a posting nearly a year ago. Goodness gracious, times flies..... Please click on the that link to have a look at him in all his glory.
Here's a synopsis of the film:
Ava (Calpernia Addams) is a transsexual woman who has recently completed her transition. Her friend and mentor Joyce (Andrea James) has long advised her to get her apartment “transproofed,” a slang term for hiding all the evidence that she’s trans.
In Ava’s case, that’s a tall order: Ava came up through the club scene as a showgirl, and both Ava and her apartment are vibrant, sexy, and full of clues.
Ava calls Joyce for a last-minute transproofing because her hot new boyfriend Mike (Joel Lambert) is coming over for dinner that night. Joyce races over to help Ava give the place an ‘Extreme Ho Makeover’ more in Joyce’s aesthetic: plain and non-descript. Joyce reminds Ava that passing as female means blending in and not drawing attention to yourself. Both Ava and her apartment are garish and flashy (hello... my mannequin!), and the two set to work making it look like a drab straight girl’s apartment.
Set to the pulsing club single “Next,” they go from room to room, leaving no stone unturned: closets, medicine cabinets, bookshelves, and even the fridge. As Ava watches more and more of who she is being hidden from view, she starts to have second thoughts about how much she is willing to sacrifice to live “stealth,” where no one knows she is trans.
Will Ava be able to walk away from everything that made her who she is and start fresh? Or will she risk losing another guy she really likes by telling him she’s trans?
I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Calpernia and Andrea and they both are two of the warmest and most gracious gals you could ever meet. I, unfortunately, didn't get any quality time with that hottie on the right Joel. Bummer. There is always the premier though this summer. :)