Release in 2014, BLACK IS BLUE screened at 35+ film festivals worldwide and won five top prizes. It is currently available on Vimeo-On-Demand where interest remains high.


BLACK IS BLUE tells the story of Black — an African American Transman, who works as a security guard inside an apartment complex in present day Oakland, California.

Openly trans actor & advocate KINGSTON FARARDY starred as BLACK in the short. It was his debut performance in a film, and audiences embraced him for his authenticity and honest portrayal of the issues facing contemporary Black Transmen. He has since gone on to act in several other successful shorts, a web series, and various plays. He now studies acting full-time. As soon as Dunye and Smolowitz were clear that a feature film expansion of BLACK IS BLUE would be a priority for them, they reached out to Kingston to invite his formal attachment to play Black in the feature film.

With limited dialogue and a focus on character, the short film quietly follows Black over the course of his typical day, a journey that reveals how Black’s past life is always in the back of his mind. Before transitioning, Black lived as Blue, a queer woman-of-color who knew how to stand up for herself. In Black’s new vulnerable world, presenting as a masculine Black man comes with all kinds of special concerns. Daily life is never free of fear and stigma. Being caught or discovered as Trans is definitely something to avoid.