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2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #18. Carmen Moore (Drunktown’s Finest)

2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #18. Carmen Moore (Drunktown's Finest)Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
Carmen Moore: 
3 things that I discovered in 2013 was the poetry and musical talent of Lana Del Ray, how vulnerable it can feel when portraying a character in a mainstream film, and that no matter how you look on the outside and what you’ve done in the past, you can find someone who will love you for you.

Lavallee: Tell me about when the production reached out to you for the first time. Did you have any apprehensions ­and did you feel this was a role that made you more vulnerable than X­-rated projects? What were your first impressions?
Moore: 
2013 brought on so many challenges but also many opportunities. The one that stands out the most was working on the film “Drunktown’s Finest” while filming I discovered so many suppressed memories of my childhood and how it was growing up on the reservation. Who hasn’t had a hard life? Like so many people in today’s society I had to do what was necessary to take care of myself and my family back home. I have no regrets and I’m very fortunate to have the life I’ve chosen for myself. Any apprehensions that I had was worrying about how the other actors and crew members would feel about working with someone who was transgendered. However, as soon as I met everyone I realized that my concerns were not an issue. Everyone was so professional, kind, and welcoming. That was my first impression.

Lavallee: The film features three atypical Native American figures… ­could you describe the character you portray ­ and her basic story arch.
Moore: The character I portray “Felixia John” dreams of becoming a professional model because she thinks it will become her ticket off the reservation and will gain her more acceptance and love from her peers also from men. She fails to realize that she has all the love and support from her family. This I can personally relate to being transgendered and growing up on the reservation, its not easy but I always told myself that anything is possible.

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2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #18. Carmen Moore (Drunktown's Finest)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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