The Garden Left Behind has already made history. The film, which premiered earlier this year at South by Southwest, is possibly the first film to star and be produced by 50 trans actors and filmmakers. Just in time for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Out has an exclusive look at the movie’s trailer below.
From queer, Latinx filmmaker Flavio Alves, The Garden Left Behind traces the relationship between Tina (newcomer Carlie Guevara), a young Mexican trans woman, and her grandmother Eliana (Miriam Cruz, I Love You Phillip Morris), as they navigate Tina's transition while building a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City. It also stars Anthony Abdo, Tamara Williams, Ivana Black, Kristen Lovell, Danny Flaherty, Alex Kruz, Michael Madsen, and Ed Asner.
The film, which boasts a cast with transgender actors in trans roles (Imagine that!) and Latinx performers in Latinx roles, is the first independent picture to be partially crowdfunded through eBay and received support from GLAAD, Trans Filmmakers Project, and Film Society of Lincoln Center, among other organizations.
Reviews from the film’s festival run have been generally positive.
“This is how an authentic film about the transgender community should be made,” said critic Danielle Solzman on her blog Solzy at the Movies. “With a stunning performance from newcomer Carlie Guevara, The Garden Left Behind is transgender authenticity at its finest.”
Caryn James of The Hollywood Reporter added, “It's one thing to decide to make a movie about the struggles of the transgender community and violent attacks on it. But it's far harder to turn that message into a film as natural and graceful as The Garden Left Behind.”
Check out the film’s trailer below, and keep an eye out for it in theaters early 2020.