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TranHeist is a fun crime drama short about Morgan, a transsexual woman in pre-operation, who steals money from her best friends drug dealing boyfriend, to fund her gender confirmation surgery.

  • Maureen Maundu
    Dark Fields, American Horror Story Season 3
  • Maureen Maundu
  • Maureen Mueni Maundu
  • Desmond Huey
    Empire Series, Blooming Lion Short Film
  • Lila Star
    Key Cast
    Lakeshore Drive
  • Ieash Rochelle
    Key Cast
    Chicago P.D
  • Julian Griffith
    Key Cast
    Hardball, Chicago P.D, Proven Innocent
  • Scott Clewis
    Key Cast
  • Jeffery Baylock
    Key Cast
    Sunday, It's a bit sketchy
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Maureen Maundu

Maureen Maundu is a Kenyan born, film graduate of The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan with a Certificate of Cinematography (2008).
She later moved to Louisiana and worked as a Camera PA on Independent short films, and series (American Horror Story Season 3). She moved to Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Post Production at Flashpoint College, a campus of Columbia College in 2009.

Her recent works have been short films: ‘21 Days’, ‘Small World‘, 'Worse', a music video ‘Asphalt Heart’ and currently TranHeist.

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Director Statement

I consider myself a nomad of film, my art is never stagnant. Growing up in Kenya and pursuing my passion which is film in the United States, traveling through different cities, interacting with different cultures, touching a lion's mane and witnessing political war, opened my eyes to array of moments that have allowed me to see things in a unique, open minded way, that I visually transcend into my work.

I grew up wanting to preserve every great moment of my life through film. My work reflects the need to belong and understand the world through relatable trails, tribulations and triumph of life itself, by making every reality a dream. Every art I work on, has a little piece of me in it.