Film - Program 9 Filmfest 2020


Directed by Reina Higahsitani


Director: Reina Higahsitani
Section: Program 9
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Rain Dove Dubilewski, Marina Wolf, Charles Fathy, Jilon Vanover
18+ (no age rating)

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This film tells the story of Jeanne Bonnet, a queer frog catcher, who lived in an era when a law in San Francisco prohibited women from wearing pants. Jeanne, who was born a woman and is derisively referred to by others as a “man-woman”, is attracted to the wife of a rich businessman. The initial advances are brief; when the woman becomes pregnant by her husband, she rejects Jeanne. This story is based on the last days of Jeanne Bonnet, who was shot by an unknown man in 1876.

  • Filmschool: University of California

  • Duration: 19 Min.

Meet the director


Reina Higahsitani

Reina Higashitani grew up in Japan and Spain and is now a filmmaker living in Los Angeles and New York. Before focusing on feature films, she produced a variety of TV documentaries, including the feature-length documentary KUSAMA: INFINITY, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Oscar-nominated short documentary REDEMPTION. Higahsitani holds a master’s degree in film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a master’s degree in film and television directing from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Screenplay: Reina Higashitani
Director of Photography: Hatti Beanland
Film Editor: Christine Park, Reina Higashitani
Composer: Jamie Thierman
Production Designer: Hakan Yörük
Costume Design: Maddison Carroll
Make-up artist: Sioux Sinclair
Producer: Sherial Mckinney, Shelby Silverman, Reina Higashitani
Production Company: University of California, L.A.