Directed by Brad Michael Elmore
94 min | 2019 | USA
Cast: Nicole Maines, M.C. Gainey, Diana Hopper
Dripping with equal parts blood, beauty, and badassery, “Bit” follows transgender teenage girl Laurel who gets picked up by the wrong crowd during her escape to LA. Fleeing her claustrophobic small town, Laurel is pleasantly overwhelmed by her invitation into a mysterious group of bold, independent women. Cult-like in their exclusivity and united in their past abuse, the most important rule they run by is: no boys allowed. Ever. Their eagerness to adopt her as one of their own nearly results in Laurel becoming a midnight snack for this tightly knit girl gang of vampires.
Laurel is a strong, well-loved transgender central protagonist who is unashamed of her gender identity and sexual orientation, despite having overcome some realistic social strife in the midst of her transition. She is supported by her brother who tries to protect her constantly, so much that he becomes wrapped up in her dangerous new circle.
Surrounded by lesbian, POC, female characters who fight for themselves, BIT is the gory, trans-inclusionary feminist vampire movie the queer community didn’t know they needed.
– Meg Aubry
Official Selection: 2019 Frameline