Compact and pithy, “Creature” is an unwitting reverse companion piece to Monika Treut’s recent “Gendernauts,” charting four years on the rocky road from man to woman of a transplanted North Carolinian in Los Angeles. A must for gay fests, item will garner strong interest from small-screen programmers and enjoy thriving vid life as an inspiration to those similarly inclined, as well as limited illumination for those mystified by the milieu.
Helmer Parris Patton, former head of film production at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios, found his subject, Stacey, nee Kyle Dean, more than five years ago at a Hollywood intersection (“transvestite hooker central,” it’s called wryly). Stunning of mien and tough of skin, this conflicted “creature” — a childhood nickname — masks his/her fears with a brassy public persona that fools at least one straight and subsequently appalled admirer. Journeying home with dopey b.f. in tow to visit a forgiving mother and befuddled father, the determined Stacey endures a revelatory four-day reunion that brings a modicum of peace. Patton’s empathetic message, chiseled with authority from 40 hours of footage, is clear: These sexual waters are challenging and largely uncharted.