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While Magnolia Pictures is currently in the middle of mounting the first Oscar campaign in Hollywood history centered around a transgender actress, the distribution company is taking some time to put their money where it matters most. Partnering with the filmmakers behind “Tangerine,” including producers Mark and Jay Duplass, Magnolia will be making a sizable donation this holiday season to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP).
TEEP empowers trans people by helping them find employment, develop their professional skills and thrive in the workplace. The center works with non-governmental organizations, private businesses and public agencies to make sure they receive training in how to bring a greater degree of cultural competency to the ways they serve and work with transgender individuals.
The breakout sensation at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, “Tangerine” was released in theaters in July to vast critical acclaim. Starring trans actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, “Tangerine” follows the wild screwball adventures of two prostitutes who set out to find their cheating pimp during a madcap Christmas Eve in Hollywood. The film has become a dark horse awards player this season, winning two Gotham Independent Film Awards and earning four Indie Spirit Awards nominations. Indiewire’s Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn recently placed the film at No. 2 on his Best Films of 2015 list.