PORT AUTHORITY BY DANIELLE LESSOVITZ (2019) – UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD NOMINEE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2019 / FEATURE FILM

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PORT AUTHORITY BY DANIELLE LESSOVITZ (2019)

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DANIELLE LESSOVITZ

CASTING BY DAMIAN BAO AND KATE ANTOGNINI

CASTING WAS A HYBRID COMBINATION OF ACTORS AND NON-ACTORS WHO WERE CINEMATIC AND DYNAMIC STREET FINDS.

CAST: FIONN WHITEHEAD (PAUL), LEYNA BLOOM (WYE), MCCAUL LOMBARDI (LEE), JARI JONES (NAIMA), AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY MARTIN SCORSESE

A RT FEATURES, SIKELIA PRODUCTIONS, & MADELEINE FILMS PRODUCTION.

NOMINATIONS: UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD – CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2019

WORLD PREMIERE: MAY 2019

IMDB PAGE: “PORT AUTHORITY” (2019)

SYNOPSIS: PORT AUTHORITY IS A LOVE STORY SET IN NEW YORK’S KIKI BALLROOM SCENE, AND FOLLOWS PAUL, A 20 YEAR OLD MIDWESTERNER, WHO ARRIVES AT THE CENTRAL BUS STATION AND QUICKLY CATCHES EYES WITH WYE, A 22 YEAR OLD GIRL VOGUING ON THE SIDEWALK. AFTER PAUL SEEKS HER OUT IN SECRET, AN INTENSE LOVE BETWEEN THEM BLOSSOMS. BUT WHEN PAUL DISCOVERS WYE IS TRANS, HE IS FORCED TO CONFRONT HIS OWN IDENTITY AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BELONG.

PRESS:

THE PRESTIGIOUS CANNES FILM FESTIVAL WILL HOST THE PREMIERE OF THE FILM PORT AUTHORITY THIS YEAR AS A PART OF ITS UN CERTAIN REGARD COMPETITION. THE MARTIN SCORSESE-BACKED PROJECT, WHICH STARS LEYNA BLOOM IN HER FIRST MAJOR ACTING ROLE, WILL MARK THE FIRST TIME THAT A FILM WITH A TRANS WOMAN OF COLOR AS LEAD ACTRESS PREMIERES AT THE EVENT IN THE FESTIVAL’S 72-YEAR HISTORY.

– MEET LEYNA BLOOM, FIRST TRANS WOMAN OF COLOR TO LEAD A CANNES FILM PREMIERE (OUT MAGAZINE)