We seldom hear from those who have had to conceal their true identities their entire lives. The Pearl follows four women in the early stages of coming out as they navigate their lives against a backdrop of post-industrial logging towns in the Pacific Northwest. We begin to understand, as Krystal says, “the only thing transgender people want to do is live their lives.” Patient and observational, LaMarca and Dimmock offer “a different kind of close-up at trans identity. The camera is up tight in the women’s lives—cooking at home, dancing in a bedroom on vacation—in a way most films rarely have the patience to do.” —Los Angeles Times.
Appears in: 43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
Other Films by Christopher LaMarca
Shot in a verité style, Boone follows three farmers as they experience the hardships and inherent beauties of life on a small goat farm in Southern Oregon. Christopher LaMarca spent two years on the farm, capturing not just a portrait of the farmers’ existence, but a viscerally experiential film in which the audience seemingly participates. …