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The People's Joker

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What if the plot of Joker was filtered through the lens of a trans woman’s coming out?

That’s the premise of The People’s Joker, a surreal, handmade coming-of-age film which mixes live-action, animation and plenty of blue screen to create a dystopian Gotham where comedy is illegal, unless sanctioned by the all-powerful Lorne Michaels. Drawing on writer-director-star Vera Drew’s own coming out, and experience in the alt-comedy scene, she’s crafted a funny yet achingly personal film about finding oneself in a world that has rejected you, that’s truly one of a kind. Don’t miss your chance to see this truly audacious superhero parody.

Content warning: contains depictions of emotional abuse, transphobia, misgendering and deadnaming; suicide themes and conversion therapy themes; discussions of child sexual abuse; and homophobic language.

“A fearless, gloriously funny, and moving act of cinematic anarchy.” – Austin Chronicle


“Underneath the satirical madness lies a genuinely moving story of self-acceptance.” – IndieWire

About The People's Joker
  • Community

    Queer Transgender Women
  • Director

    Vera Drew
  • Writer

    Bri LeRose, Vera Drew
  • Cast

    Vera Drew Lynn Downey Kane Distler Nathan Faustyn David Liebe Hart Griffin Krame Phil Braun Tim Heidecker
  • Producer

    Joey Lyons
  • Company Credits

    Courtesy of: Static Vision
  • Program Strand

    Narrative Feature
  • Blurb Writer

    Andrew Wilkie
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