Gun Hill Road (film)

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Gun Hill Road
Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green
Produced by Ron Simons
Michelle-Anne M. Small
Written by Rashaad Ernesto Green
Starring Esai Morales
Judy Reyes
Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
Music by Enrique Feldman
Stefan Swanson
Cinematography Daniel Patterson
Edited by Sara Corrigan
Distributed by Motion Film Group
Country United States
Language English

Gun Hill Road is a 2011 drama film starring Esai Morales. The title of the film derives from the Bronx road of the same name. The film is notable for starring a transgender character (Michael) who is played by a real transgender person, Harmony Santana, who was the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.[1]

Plot[edit]

Ex-con Enrique returns home after a stint in prison. His wife Angela has had an affair while he was away, and his child Michael, who is a young trans woman in the process of transitioning and coming out, is exploring life, leaving Enrique with decisions to make regarding his family's future.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film has received mixed reviews. Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter said in his review: " In his feature debut, Gun Hill Road, writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green displays compassion for his characters and an ability to create strong scenes to underscore his thematic concerns. But the story itself is too shopworn especially at Sundance where countless films have presented dysfunctional families where parents and offspring are at odds".

Dennis Harvey of Variety similarly said; "script and direction tend to telegraph all events, draining the competently packaged pic of tension, nuance and surprise".

Director Rashaad Ernesto Green was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

The subject matter of the movie was noted "for the casualness with which it puts a Hispanic transsexual in a black male's bed" because this kind of relationship is rarely seen in movies.[2]

Awards/Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Op-ed: 14 Reasons That Made 2011 Great for Trans People". The Advocate, December 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Morris, Wesley (16 September 2011). "'Gun Hill Road' movie review". The Boston Globe. ISSN 0743-1791. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 

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