A short comedic film about transgender dating and disclosure.
Ava (Calpernia Addams) is a transsexual woman who has recently completed her transition. Her friend and mentor Joyce (Andrea James) has long advised her to get her apartment “transproofed,” a slang term for hiding all the evidence that she’s trans.
In Ava’s case, that’s a tall order: Ava came up through the club scene as a showgirl, and both Ava and her apartment are vibrant, sexy, and full of clues.
Ava calls Joyce for a last-minute transproofing because her hot new boyfriend Mike (Joel Lambert) is coming over for dinner that night. Joyce races over to help Ava give the place an ‘Extreme Ho Makeover’ more in Joyce’s aesthetic: plain and non-descript. Joyce reminds Ava that passing as female means blending in and not drawing attention to yourself. Both Ava and her apartment are garish and flashy, and the two set to work making it look like a drab straight girl’s apartment.
Set to the pulsing club single “Next,” they go from room to room, leaving no stone unturned: closets, medicine cabinets, bookshelves, and even the fridge. As Ava watches more and more of who she is being hidden from view, she starts to have second thoughts about how much she is willing to sacrifice to live “stealth,” where no one knows she is trans.
Will Ava be able to walk away from everything that made her who she is and start fresh? Or will she risk losing another guy she really likes by telling him she’s trans?
Director, Producer, Co-Writer
Composer, Producer, Co-Writer, Co-Editor
David Maurice Gil
Director of Photography, Producer, Co-Editor
Hair & Makeup
Assistant Hair & Makeup
Thomas A. Smith
Assistant Art Director
Artwork (Pretty on the Outside)
Screen Actors Guild
Robert Anzalone, Location Sound
David Wilson, Wilcut Post
Screenings and releases
Frameline 33 (San Francisco) 25 June 2009
Outfest (Los Angeles) 12 July 2009
“Next” music video released 14 June 2009.
DVD released 1 July