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Natalie HELTZEL, Rain VALDEZ
A trans woman named Tori goes on a blind date with a man named Ryan – the same name as her ex. Tori and Ryan hit it off, but can she date another Ryan after swearing them off for good?
This film Ryan is a subversive romantic comedy which was considered to be exclusively consumed by cisgender heterosexuals with a transwoman as leading role.Tori, the leading role, is sick and tired of disgusting men who discriminate against trans women based on some prejudices. But she also makes hasty judge on her blind date partner Ryan. Would they be romantically involved?As an ideal mixture of instructive fable, and romantic comedy, this film presents a rather heavy, but basic theme and some candy-sweet atmosphere. ‘Can we not let our fears, and or past experiences, form a basis opinion about someone we don\'t know?’ (CHO HyeYoung)
Natalie HELTZELNatalie HELTZEL
Natalie HELTZEL grew up in Oklahoma City where she filmed her own short film video content. In 2011, she wrote and directed a short film, A Handful of Dust, which played at the LA Shorts Fest. In 2013 HELTZEL met VALDEZ and the two became writing/directing partners.
Rain VALDEZRain VALDEZ
A transgender woman, born in the Philippines and raised in Guam, Rain VALDEZ moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue a lifelong dream in the Entertainment industry. Rain has worked behind the scenes for the Emmy winning show Transparent as the Director’s Assistant and Coordinating Producer.