Published on January 3rd, 2012 | by Wild Gender0
Harmony Santana: 1st Transgender Nominee for Best Supporting Female
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, will announce the winners of its 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25, 2012. And Harmony Santana, a transgender actress nominated in the category for Best Supporting Female for her performance in “Gun Hill Road,” will be among those biting their nails. She is the only trans person ever nominated for the award.
“The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognize the finest artistic achievements across the broad spectrum of independent filmmaking—from emerging talent working on a shoestring budget to established auteurs,” said Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus. “The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community. We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work.”
“Gun Hill Road” is writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s tale of a father who comes home from jail to discover that his son, played by Santana, is trans. The film made its San Francisco premiere as the opening night film of the 2011 Frameline Film Festival. Frameline also supported the project with one of its Completion Funds Grants.
The 27th annual awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, and the premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC. Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be highlighted during the awards ceremony and announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.