“I just think about taking back all the space that the world doesn’t give me, and just owning it,” Leyna Bloom says in the trailer for Danielle Lessovitz’s “Port Authority.” Bloom became the first trans woman of color to star in a Cannes-selected film with the romantic drama.
Written and directed by Lessovitz, “Port Authority” sees Wye (Bloom) falling in love with Paul (Fionn Whitehead), a new arrival in New York City, against the backdrop of the kiki ballroom scene. Paul has “this anger thing” and, as a cis straight guy, is new to queer culture, so Wye’s friends are a bit skeptical. “If you have a thing for the girls, that’s fine, just do your thing with someone else,” one character warns him. “You know what could happen to a Black trans girl in New York City?” another asks. “She definitely don’t need no felony on her record.”
“I wanted to write about a connection, both romantic and familial, that transcends biological and social dictates and reflects my experience of the world more closely,” Lessovitz told us.” “I also wanted to comment on dominant American culture, in that it can be toxic even to those who benefit from its bias.”
Lessovitz’s directorial efforts include shorts “Juan Doffo,” “The Anatomy of Injury,” and “Neon Heartache.” She co-wrote feature “Mobile Homes” with Vladimir de Fontenay, which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes 2017.
“Fluidity” is among Bloom’s other credits. You can catch her next in the third and final season of “Pose,” debuting this Sunday, May 2. She is the first openly trans woman of color to appear in Vogue India.
“Port Authority” hits theaters May 28 and VOD June 1.