EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of the SXSW debut of her first solo feature Bob Trevino Likes It, filmmaker Tracie Laymon has taken on new management at Artists First.
Premiering in Narrative Feature Competition on March 9th, Laymon’s dramedy follows a people-pleasing young woman (Barbie Ferreira) who sends her estranged and curmudgeonly father (French Stewart) a Facebook friend request, only to unwittingly befriend a grieving man with the same name (John Leguizamo). She wrote, directed, and produced the pic, which draws heavily from her own life and also stars Lauren “Lolo” Spencer and Rachel Bay Jones.
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A Texas native, Laymon spent some of her formative teen years in Russia before returning to the States for college, where she began directing short films. Since then, her directorial projects have won numerous accolades, including a jury prize at SXSW and Best Director awards at Women Texas Film Festival, the Seattle Film Festival, and The Method Fest in Beverly Hills.
A member of the LGBTQIA community and a passionate advocate for disability representation on screen, Laymon frequently explores themes of identity and belonging in her work. As a filmmaker, her goal is to amplify diverse perspectives through underdog stories — stories about reluctant heroes who find unexpected ways to succeed in the face of adversity.
Details as to SXSW’s second wave of 2024 programming were unveiled by the festival just earlier today. Read about the newest films headed to the fest at the link.
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