James Kautz’s LGBT live-action short film Frankie focuses on a non-binary transgender person coming out on her ex-partner and his men’s code addiction group. This powerful film will be shown at this year’s Oscar-qualified Atlanta Film Festival.
Frankie, a non-binary trans person, crashes her ex-partner’s 12-step meeting for men only, determined to be heard … regardless of the cost.
Director James Kautz is a versatile stage and film artist who has been hailed by the New York Times as fearless and extremely talented by Time Out New York. James is the founder of Red Seed Films and the founding artistic director of the award-winning Off Broadway Theater Company, The Amoralists. As an actor, Kautz has worked on television (HBO’s Vinyl, CBS Bull), NYC theater, independent film, and voice-over.
Producer / actor Morgan Ruaidhrí O’Sullivan is the founder of Red Seed Films and has produced and starred in the company’s first two films, Frankie and Manifold. As an actor, Morgan has also worked in the NYC theater (Pearl, The Amoralists, Project Theater). You served as the creative director of the Orange Avenue project, a documentary endeavor that amplified the voices of survivors and victims of the Pulse massacre. Morgan’s personal focus is on creating safe spaces for trans-experience artists to create works that amplify their voices.
The cameraman Tommy Agriodimas is half of a creative photography and direction team from Ungano + Agriodimas. His editorial work has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, NY Times, Style Magazine, V Magazine, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many others. Tommy has worked commercially with a variety of brands including Estee Lauder, Cartier, Prada, Zimmermann, Ralph Lauren, Coach, Nike, and MTV.
Editor Donna Madrigal has worked in post production for over 10 years. Some of the projects she’s been involved with include Scrubs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Run All Night, and The Good Liar. Her last job was editing the Apple TV series The Mosquito Coast.
The supporting ensemble consists of Richard Masur (Transparent), Matthew Lawler (Prodigal Son), McCaleb Burnett (The Revenant) and Bhavesh Patel (The Good Wife).
Frankie will be performing at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival from April 22nd to May 2nd and at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival from April 18th to 25th.
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