FROM Mya Taylor
'Tangerine' Star Says Goodbye to Donut Time Another Hollywood landmark has shut its doors for good. Donut Time, the donut shop at the corner of Santa Monica and Highland in Hollywood, was the backdrop for the 2015 award-winning indie film Tangerine. It was also a longtime haven for homeless youth and transgender women, many of them sex workers, who would hang out there at all hours of the day or night. Tangerine star Mya Taylor joins Press Play to say goodbye to Donut Time.
Mya Taylor of 'Tangerine' Last year was the year that transgender people hit mainstream media in a big way: Caitlyn Jenner, Transparent and The Danish Girl. Then there was Tangerine. The low-budget indie movie tells the story of two transgender prostitutes spending Christmas Eve on the hard streets of Hollywood. SinDee is a sex-worker just out of jail and Alexandra is her somewhat reluctant sidekick. Both characters are played by newcomers, both transgender - Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. Madeleine speaks with Taylor.
Mya Taylor: 'Tangerine' When Steve Levitan mentioned a movie shot on iPhones that played at Sundance this year, he was talking about Tangerine , a bittersweet film from Sean Baker that won glowing reviews at the festival. Tangerine stars 23-year-old Mya Taylor as a transgender prostitute on the streets of Hollywood. Mya Taylor at Sundance: Courtesy of Totally RAD! Media For Taylor, the road to Park City was particularly difficult. As a transgender youth living in Los Angeles, Taylor struggled to find work of any kind for years before landing this role. KCRW's Jenny Radelet, who met Taylor at Sundance, has the story.
Comedian Vir Das offers 'Abroad Understanding' After selling out stadiums in India, comedian and actor Vir Das is looking to break through in the US with his new Netflix special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. He tells us about making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood and how he hopes his pointed humor can redefine expectations in India and America.
Gina Prince & Reggie "Rock" Bythewood: Shots Fired Directors Gina Prince and Reggie “Rock” Bythewood join Elvis Mitchell to discuss examining US police activity and corruption from all angles in Shots Fired.
Bryan Fuller & Michael Green: American Gods American Gods creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green visit The Treatment to discuss their interest in the fantasy novel and their approach to its on-screen adaptation.
Fighting for the soul of the California Democratic Party Over the weekend, Eric Bauman was elected as the new chair of the California Democratic Party. But his main opponent, progressive Kimberly Ellis has not conceded. It was a raucous weekend with Bernie Sanders supporters saying the party is not listening to their concerns.