Rosie Haber and Lauren Cioffi
The Front presents: NEW DEEP SOUTH is a series that explores the vibrant and multifaceted queer culture that is emerging in the American South. "Kayla" is episode 02 of the award-winning web series and explores the evolution of identity as young Austin considers what transitioning to a woman would mean in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Playing against old stereotypes of Mississippi as a state of social conservatism and stagnation, we follow the lives of queer youth to explore the tangled and complex nature of sexual identity in the New Deep South. Fun fact: The Front is an endeavor founded and run entirely by women. Rosie Haber is a graduate of Film Independent’s Project Involve, the Outfest Screenwriting lab, and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, she has won the Jury prize for dramatic shorts at Outfest and the audience award at LAFF. Haber is the writer of the screenplay adaptation of the iconic transgender novel, “Stone Butch Blues,” and is developing a VR project with fellow director Silas Howard. Lauren Cioffi s a seasoned documentary producer and cinematographer who has worked with award winning directors Margaret Brown, Liza Mandelup, and Amber Fares. "Kayla," was nominated for a GLAAD award for Outstanding Digital Journalism, and the entire series was hailed by Jill Soloway as her favorite show when it came out.
Watch "Kayla" here!