a (short) film about a mini-mart cashier, a guy in transition, and a box of tampons

about the film

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Kirby talking with Devin on the phone outside the convenience store

Our short film follows Kirby (he/him), a trans man in his mid-twenties who, over his first few months on testosterone, heads to the local convenience store in San Francisco to pick up tampons each month he still has his period.

Kirby's purchase of a men's deodorant, a men's razor, and a box of tampons

During his first trip to the corner store, he meets Phoebe (she/her), the sociable cashier who is pleasantly surprised and intrigued at the scene she perceives: A man secure enough to buy tampons for his girlfriend? In the heat of the moment, Kirby doesn’t correct her.

Phoebe in the convenience store restocking chips

As Kirby starts making regular trips to the corner store, Devin (they/them), his best friend and roommate, picks up on Kirby’s interest in this mini-mart girl. With their encouragement, will Kirby tell Phoebe the truth? And if he does, how will she react?

This story is:

  • A meet-cute between two individuals that audiences might not expect to be drawn together romantically
  • A facet of one trans person’s experience with gender-affirming hormone therapy
  • A comedy about life’s inconveniences and deciding to take them in stride — as Kirby is known to say, “It is what it is”
  • A reminder to let yourself indulge in a really good bag of chips
  • A film about embracing yourself and making the choice to not run away, but instead let others in

Meet the characters

meet the team

meet the team

We strove to show the utmost respect toward the content of this story and committed to supporting queer filmmakers throughout the entire process of making this short film. We created an intimate and supportive space where we listened to our majority LGBTQIA+ cast and crew, as well as two trans story consultants, to tell Kirby's story. The acting truly shines in this piece, and our dedication to uplifting queer voices is part of what curated such conditions to allow this to happen.

Full cast and crew

Development resources

All festivals & awards

Brussels Short Film Festival – April 2024 (Belgian Premiere) Brussels, Belgium

  • Part of the International Competition 1 film block on April 25th and 29th.
  • Screening in the International Competition of the 27th annual BSFF, as one of 45 films selected from over 3,000 submitted to the Oscars® Qualifying Film Festival (1.5% acceptance rate!).

Queer Screen's 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival – February 2024 (Australian Premiere) Newtown, New South Wales, Australia

Queer Here Cinema – February 2024 West Hollywood, California, USA

Dances With Films: NY – December 2023 (New York Premiere) New York, New York, USA

Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival – November 2023 (Indiana Premiere) Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

OutReels Cincinnati – October 2023 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Out Here Dayton Film Festival – October 2023 (Ohio Premiere) Dayton, Ohio, USA Won the Audience Award for Best Short

Seattle Queer Film Festival – October 2023 Seattle, Washington, USA

Newport Beach Film Festival – October 2023 (Southern California Premiere) Newport Beach, California, USA

Q-Fest – October 2023 (Wisconsin Premiere) Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA

Out On Film, Atlanta's LGBTQ Film Festival – September 2023 (Georgia Premiere) Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival – September 2023 (North Dakota Premiere) Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Odense International Film Festival – August 2023 (International Premiere) Odense, Denmark

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival – August 2023 (Southeastern USA Premiere) Durham, North Carolina, USA

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival – July 2023 San Francisco, California, USA Won the Best First-Time Director Award

Frameline47: The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival – June 2023 San Francisco, California, USA

TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival – May 2023 (Washington Premiere) Seattle, Washington, USA

Wicked Queer: Boston’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival – April 2023 (East Coast Premiere) Boston, Massachusetts, USA Won Best in Show in the Wicked Funny Shorts Program

Tag! Queer Shorts Festival – March 2023 (Pacific Northwest Premiere) Portland, Oregon, USA

San Francisco Independent Film Festival – February 2023 (World Premiere) San Francisco, California, USA Won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Short

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Kirby and Phoebe talking outside of the convenience store at night

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