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

Where to watch the film next


Out On Film, Atlanta's LGBTQ Film Festival – September 2023 (Georgia Premiere) Atlanta, Georgia, USA Buy tickets – $12 per ticket

  • Date: Sunday, September 24th, 2023
  • Time: 12:00pm ET
  • Location: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308)
  • Part of TRANSEXELLENCE: “Eight superb films make up this terrific series of transcendent work.”


Q-Fest – October 2023 (Wisconsin Premiere) Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA Screening details – Tickets are free!

  • Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm CT
  • Location: Woodland Theatre (Davies Student Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701)
  • Screening with “Shorts Program: Heart to Art” – From finding love in a convenience store, to reminiscing on memories of past love, this collection of short films follows how queer love is shown in all its different facets. This compilation of short films selected by Q-Fest interns has something for everyone, as it explores the complex ways love is given and received by ourselves and others.
  • Fun Q-Fest Fact:
    • The entire festival is planned by a group of student programmers from the Gender-Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) at UW-Eau Claire. The cohort travels to San Francisco for Frameline each summer on an immersive two-week trip, screening hundreds of films and experiencing the rich culture of SF, culminating with Pride Weekend. Every film in Q-Fest is deliberately picked by the entire cohort. Learn about this year's cohort!

All festivals & awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Film

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.

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.

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