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Transition Radio Industries September 2012
What "Paris is Burning" was to drag balls - "What's the T?" is to transgender life – a documentary that explores the challenges, successes and lives of five transgender women; a multi-character study and an introduction to the uninitiated.
“To understand the ladies of “What’s the T?” is to love them,” says San Francisco-based filmmaker, Cecilio Asuncion, recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Filipino-American award for LGBT advocacy.
It is thanks to Asuncion’s unique, tender and intimate friendships with the film’s subjects that allows “What’s the T?” – structured around a series of Asuncion's conversations with The Ladies – to be such a frank, engaging and memorable film.
The film is not only a loving crafted and empathetically handled documentary, but also a vivid snapshot of transgender life as it exists today– the terminology, the social realities, the successes and the heartbreak.
Cecilio currently resides in San Francisco by way of New York City. Originally from Manila, Cecilio started by being an assistant production designer for television commercials under the tutelage of Gayl Vicente doing work for clients such as Johnson's Baby Powder, Hallmark cards, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, San Miguel Beer and other local brands.
He also did production design work on a music video for the artist Jaya. He then was appointed as Art Director and food stylist for Taste Magazine, a culinary magazine. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Filipino-American award for LGBT advocacy. What’s the T received the audience choice award in Cinema diverse - Palm Springs. He is currently working on his new dance documentary, Sayaw which premieres on October 24, 2014.
ABOUT CECILIO ASUNCION