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Lou - A San Francisco Fantasy

A short film based on the life of pioneering openly gay trans man and founder of the GLBT Historical Society, Lou Sullivan, and his dream of cruising the Castro as a gay man prior to moving to San Francisco. Chosen as festival centerpiece, 2020 San Francisco Trans Film Festival.

  • Mya Byrne
    Homo Safe
  • Mya Byrne
  • Lorin Murphy
    Hanky Code: The Movie, Homo Safe
  • Mya Byrne
  • Charlie Gray
    Key Cast
    Killing My Lobster, Playground
  • Noah Berlove
    Key Cast
  • Lorin Murphy
    Director of Photography
    Grey is for Bondage, Shaving/Shorn
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    November 14, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Festival Centerpiece
  • Seattle Trans Film Festival
    Seattle Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mya Byrne

From San Francisco by way of NYC, Mya Byrne is a poet, award-winning performing songwriter, actor, and activist. A proud trans woman, she established her solo folk-Americana career in 2012 after years of performing with roots-rock band, the Ramblers, opening for acts such as Levon Helm.
Mya’s been featured on many great festival and club stages across America, on official Spotify playlists, and on terrestrial radio nationally and internationally. She made her stage debut at NYC’s Dixon Place, and has since been featured in Honest Accomplice Theatre’s Trans Literacy Project, and onstage at Berkeley Rep for the Monday Night Playground series. A Showcase Artist at the legendary Philadelphia and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals and the San Francisco Trans March, and the first trans woman to ever be featured as a solo performer at the SF Dyke March, her music and poetry have also been featured in such media as SingOut!,, The Advocate, Village Voice, New York Magazine, MSNBC, NPR, and CBS/, with public speaking at institutions including SUNY, UC Berkeley, and the UU.

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Director Statement

This movie grew out of a desire to make a film representing gay cruising pre-Rainbow flag and prior to the publication of Hal Fischer’s Gay Semiotics, which was essentially the key code - your keys and where you wore them represented who did what to whom, and how you were getting there. As I went through drafts it became evident that my piece was about a young trans man cruising in the Castro in that era, and in a flash it dawned on me that it was actually about Lou Sullivan, who was indeed cruising the Castro in that era. Extensive study of his archives and diaries informed the setting and script, and shooting took place on location in the Castro using an era-correct vehicle and a supporting cast of transmasculine actors. Lou’s life has never been dramatized, and he is an icon to many in the queer trans community. With the recent publication of his abridged diaries he is being brought back to life for so many of us, and as an older trans woman it was a blessing to be able to create a space for younger transmasculine people to be themselves and play who they very well may have been in that era, and as an activist and art maker it is always my goal to give people the gift of finding themselves within my work. The work this time found me, and I feel privileged to be able to have made that happen. Our crew is entirely trans, and I feel their work and presence helps to capture a moment in time that hasn’t truly been explored yet.