But as the culture has evolved, the film has proved to be very much of its time, with a contradictory legacy that trans viewers have grappled with. The movie was based on the tragic true story of Brandon Teena, a year-old Nebraska trans man who was raped and murdered in His death was the subject of salacious headlines, and it galvanized a small group of trans people to witness the trial and claim him as one of their own. The director Kimberly Peirce, then a graduate student at Columbia University, was there, too, traveling with the Transexual Menace activist group as research for the film about Teena she was desperate to make. A self-described butch who, she told me, was questioning her identity at the time, she felt an instant connection with Teena. Peirce met with Lana Tisdel, the woman Brandon Teena fell for, and eventually secured her life rights. At the time, the cultural conversation around transgender lives was virtually nonexistent. They were asked to take a back seat to other L.
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Jude Dry. The independent film boom of the s launched many brilliant actors, but perhaps none flew higher than Hilary Swank. She took the chance on a risky role in a micro-budget film with a provocative subject matter and an unknown director — and walked away with an Oscar. Distributed by Fox Searchlight in , it was a critical and box-office surprise success that went all the way to the Oscars. At the time, Swank took a huge gamble on an incredibly challenging role and what was then an incendiary topic. The idea of making a movie for a certain budget, it was just this brilliant idea of being able to take a risk on telling a story that there is an audience for, you just have to make it to be able to find that audience. Build it, they will come. So it was a super exciting time.
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