Indya Moore and McCaul Lombardi are set to topline Danielle Lessovitz’s “Port Authority,” a transgender love story set in New York’s underground ballroom culture. MK2 reps the film in international markets.
Moore, a young New York City-based trans model and actress, recently starred in “Saturday Church,” which played at the Tribeca festival, while Lombardi lined up roles in Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” Geremy Jasper’s “Patty Cake$” and Matt Porterfield’s “Sollers Point.”
The film opens on the steps outside New York City’s central bus station, Port Authority, where a beautiful girl named Wye vogues with her friends. Paul, a teenager who has just arrived in the big city, watches, transfixed by Wye, who belongs to a “ballroom community” of voguing queer minority youth. As their love story blossoms, Paul realizes Wye was born a boy and starts questioning himself and his attraction to her.
The project won the TorinoFilmLab Framework Program. It marks the debut feature of New York-based Lessovitz, who previously worked as a key artistic collaborator on Vladimir de Fontenay’s “Mobile Homes,” which played at this year’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight.
“Port Authority” is being produced by Virginie Lacombe and Frédéric de Goldschmidt at Madeleine Films. Daniel L. Blanc and Jamin O’Brien’s U.S. outfit The Film Community is co-producing.