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More than a year after premiering to glowing reviews and copping a runner-up Audience Award citation at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini's excellent documentary Mala Mala is finally getting the theatrical release it egregiously had to wait for.
This fun, fleet, and fascinating documentary about nine unique members of Puerto Rico's emerging trans population was recently acquired by the movie angels at Strand Releasing following a free, much buzzed-about screening at the Brooklyn Museum earlier this month, and opens this Wednesday, July 1st, at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. And that's where you come in...
Tickets for the U.S./Puerto Rican co-production, which featured on our in-depth starter's guide to the very best in trans-focused entertainment and whose trailer you can watch above, are available for purchase here, with both the directors and the film's inimitable stars in appearance during exclusive evening shows on Wednesday and Thursday. It'd be especially wise to grab your tickets now for the 7:15 screening on July 2nd in order to see the filmmakers in conversation with their tireless producer, Christine Vachon, the maverick indie legend behind Killer Films.
Mala Mala is a clever, compelling, and gorgeously-shot glimpse into a demographic that is literally never seen on our big screens. And it desperately needs your eyes, time, and dollars to ensure its success! The more people who come out for Mala Mala at IFC Center this weekend increases the likelihood of IFC extending its stay in theaters, which in turns increases the film's likelihood of expanding into more New York cinemas, which in turn increases the likelihood of more people across the country — and even across the globe — to see this great and inclusive gaze on an international community of color that few if any films ever depict with this much thought, care, and compassion.
LGBT Pride Month may be drawing to a close but it's never too late to continue the celebration. So, tell your friends about Mala Mala. Tell your family. Tell strangers, even, and then tell everyone you know all over again. Like all films, Mala Mala needs an enthusiastic, self-selecting audience in its corner.
But unlike all films, Mala Mala is distinctly, dynamically, and infinitely worthy of a larger viewership. Now give it what it deserves.