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Code Switch

Codeswitch follows a Black trans person as they navigate the barbershop, illuminating the complexity and dynamism of gender expression.

  • Nick Coratti - Odyse.Sound
    Composer
  • (Director) Micha Lyric Borneo
    Director
  • Joseph Amon
    Assistant Director
  • (Screenwriter) Micha Lyric Borneo
    Writer
  • Busra Coduroglu
    Script Supervisor
  • (Director of Photography) Hany Osman
    Camera Department
  • (Director of Photography) Yujin Yohe
    Camera Department
  • (Director of Photography) Joe Cozza
    Camera Department
  • (Gaffer) Joe Cozza
    Camera Department
  • (Grip & Electric) Joe Cozza
    Camera Department
  • (Assistant Camera) Kierra Branker
    Camera Department
  • (Set Designer) Micha Lyric Borneo
    Creative
  • (Costume) Micha Lyric Borneo
    Creative
  • (Casting) Micha Lyric Borneo
    Creative
  • (Makeup Artist) Cesar Olivas
    Creative
  • (Hair Stylist) Toniann Gray
    Creative
  • (Production Company) Discoverscape Projects
    Producer
  • (Creative Producer) Micha Lyric Borneo
    Producer
  • (Producer) Davis Alexander James
    Producer
  • (Line Producer) Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson
    Producer
  • (Production Assistant) Errol Davis
    Producer
  • Micha Lyric Borneo
    Editors
  • Davis Alexander James
    Editors
  • (Lead) Tiph Browne
    Key Cast
    "Quan"
  • (First Chair Barber) Heathcliff Hernandez
    Supporting Cast
  • (Barbershop Patron #1) Andrew Binger
    Supporting Cast
  • (Barbershop Patron #2) Kaitron Binger
    Supporting Cast
  • (Second Chair Barber) Sean Robinson
    Supporting Cast
  • (Third Chair Barber) Sharif Alston
    Supporting Cast
  • (Barbershop Customer #1) Heathcliff Hernandez's Son
    Supporting Cast
  • (Barbershop Customer #2) Shannon Swift
    Supporting Cast
  • (Child Bystander #1) Nyla Hampton - Hall
    Supporting Cast
  • (Child Bystander #2) Jonathan Ridore
    Supporting Cast
  • (Quan's Mother) Liora Harvin
    Supporting Cast
  • (Quan's Mother V.O.) Carolyne Jordan
    Supporting Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    queer, drama, narrative, black, nonbinary, lgbtq, short, shortfilm, experimental, silent, femme, masc, brooklyn, newyork, trans, gender
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, SUPER 16
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • • Awards, Grants & Recognition:
  • Frameline Completion Fund Grant 2021-2022
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    February 7, 2022
    Award Winner & Recipient | Frameline Film Organization
  • The 7th One Reeler Short Film Competition
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 1, 2022
    Winner: Award of Merit for Best Short Film
  • 4Theatre 12th Online Award Ceremony
    Virtual/Digital
    Italy
    November 1, 2022
    Winner: Best LGBTQ+ Short Film
  • The 10th Andromeda Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    November 19, 2022
    Winner: Best Cinematography & Best Experimental
  • The 2nd Academy of Deathracers Film Festival
    International
    January 6, 2023
    Digital Film Festival
    Nominee: Live Action Short Film & Film with LGBTQ+ Theme
  • Bestlov Film Festival
    International
    March 2, 2023
    Digital Film Festival
    Finalist: Best LGBTQI+
  • • Film Premieres & Screenings:
  • The Frameline46: San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    June 20, 2022
    World Premiere | The Roxie Theater SF
    Official Selection
  • The 24th Roxbury International Film Festival
    Boston, Massachusetts
    United States
    June 27, 2022
    North Atlantic Premiere | Museum of Fine Arts Boston
    Official Selection
  • The Outfest 40th Los Angeles LGBTQ International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    July 17, 2022
    North American Premiere | The Director's Guild of America Theatre Los Angeles
    Official Selection
  • The 5th Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival
    Baltimore, Maryland
    United States
    September 4, 2022
    Maryland Premiere | Filmocracy Film Festival Digital Platform
    Official Selection
  • The 9th Baltimore International Black Film Festival
    Baltimore, Maryland
    United States
    October 12, 2022
    Baltimore Premiere | The Parkway Theatre
    Official Selection
  • The 17th Dayton LGBT Film Festival
    Dayton, Ohio
    United States
    October 15, 2022
    Ohio Premiere | The Neon Movie Theater
    Official Selection
  • The 34th Newfest: New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    New York City, New York
    United States
    October 22, 2022
    New York Premiere | The SVA Theatre
    Official Selection
  • 4Theatre 12th Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    November 1, 2022
    Italian Premiere | Digital Festival
    Official Selection
  • The 9th Black Alphabet Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois
    United States
    November 6, 2022
    Illinois Premiere | The Logan Center for the Arts
    Official Selection
  • The 22nd Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    November 14, 2022
    Indianapolis Premiere | Festivee Film Festival Digital Platform
    Official Selection
  • The 10th Andromeda Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    November 19, 2022
    Turkey Premiere | Digital Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • The 2nd Academy of Deathracers Film Festival
    International
    January 22, 2023
    Digital Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • Frameline Encore Private Screening
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    February 15, 2023
    Community Screening | The Castro Theatre
    Official Selection
  • Bestlov Film Festival
    International
    March 1, 2023
    Digital Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • Holly Shorts Monthly Screening Series
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 29, 2023
    TCL Chinese 6 Theater & Bitpix
    Official Selection
  • 4th Festival Internacional de Cine LGBTIQA+ "Amor es Amor"
    Ciudad de la Rioja
    Argentina
    May 18, 2023
    Argentina Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The 33rd Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    May 27, 2023
    Canadian Premiere | TIFF Bell Lightbox
    Official Selection
  • The 23rd deadCenter Film Festival
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    United States
    June 9, 2023
    Oklahoma Premiere | Harkins Bricktown Theatre
    Official Selection
  • The 8th Queer North Film Festival
    Sudbury, Ontario
    Canada
    June 17, 2023
    Ontario Premiere | Sudbury Indie Cinema
    Official Selection
  • Beats & Bonfires: BIPOC & LGBTQ+ Camping Weekend Private Screening
    Saugatuck, Michigan
    United States
    September 23, 2023
    Community Screening | Campit Outdoor Resort
    Official Selection
  • The 36th Out On Film: Atlanta's LGBTQ Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    September 24, 2023
    Georgia Premiere | Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
    Official Selection
  • The 41st Reeling 2023: The 41st Chicago LGBTQ+ Intl. Film Festival.
    Chicago, Illinois
    United States
    September 29, 2023
    Chicago Premiere | Chicago Filmmakers
    Official Selection
  • The 31st ImageOut: Rochester LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Rochester, New York State
    United States
    October 5, 2023
    Rochester Premiere | Virtual & In Person Festival
    Official Selection
  • The 28th Seattle Queer Film Festival
    Seattle, Washington
    United States
    October 12, 2023
    Washington State Premiere | Three Dollar Bill Cinema
    Official Selection
  • The 21st Way OUT West Film Fest
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    United States
    October 14, 2023
    New Mexico Premiere | Guild Cinema
    Official Selection
  • 39 Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival
    Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    December 11, 2023
    Republika Slovenija Premiere | Slovenian Cinematheque, Slovenska Kinoteka
    Official Selection
  • Frameline, Oakland LGBTQ Community Center & Cinemama Black History Month Spotlight Shorts Program
    Oakland, California
    United States
    February 22, 2024
    Community Screening | The Grand Lake Theater
    Official Selection
  • 40th Wicked Queer: Boston’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Boston, Massachusetts
    United States
    April 6, 2024
    Boston Premiere | Brattle Theater
    Official Selection
  • Newark LGBTQ Film Festival
    Newark, New Jersey
    United States
    April 28, 2024
    New Jersey Premiere | Rutgers Paul Robeson Center (Theater #1)
    Official Selection
  • UNMASCED: A Celebration of Lesbian and Trans-Masc Visibility in Cinema at GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Dublin
    Ireland
    May 4, 2024
    Community Screening | The Irish Film Institute
    Official Selection
  • Lesbian Quarter Festival Exhibition
    Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    May 29, 2024
    Ljubljana Premiere | The Škuc Gallery
    Official Selection
Director Biography - (Director) Micha Lyric Borneo

Mx.Roti, born Micha Lyric Borneo, (they/she): is an award winning filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist with over five years film experience and over ten years in media training. They hold a B.A. in Economics from The New School with previous concentrations in politics, journalism, and design. Micha is working towards establishing herself as an Afrofuturist filmmaker and visual storyteller.

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Director Statement

This film was made in memory of Junie B Jones and all Black Trans people past, present and future. -Mx. Roti