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.”
Set in New York’s Kiki ballroom culture, the film follows Paul, a midwestern teenager, who arrives at the central bus station and quickly catches feelings for Wye, a 22 year old girl voguing on the sidewalk. When he discovers Wye is trans, crisis occurs and he is forced to confront his own identity and what it means to belong.
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.