narrative, 20 minutes, 2019

In the post-Gold Rush era of 1870’s Northern California, women are arrested for wearing trousers under a “cross-dressing” law. Jean Bonnet, a frog catcher who is known as a “man-woman”, develops a relationship with the wife of a wealthy businessman. But some seek to bring Jean to swift justice. Inspired by a true story.


Hollywood Foreign Press Association Directing Fellowship
Caucus Foundation Grant
Panavision New Filmmaker Grant
Roy W. Dean Grant Summer 2019 Hot Film in the Making

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cast Rain Dove Dubilewski, Marina Wolf, Charles Fathy, Jilon VanOver

additional cast John Alton, Mark Ferrando, Jonathan Regier, Caige Coulter, Daniel Hoffman, Kue Kellyn Lawrence

writer/director Reina Higashitani

producers Sherial McKinney, Shelby Silverman, Reina Higashitani

consulting producers Andrew Arnold, Gwendolyn Infusino

associate producer Carly Pape

cinematographer Hatti Beanland

editors Christine Park, Reina Higashitani

production designer Hakan Yörük 

costume designer Maddison Carroll

composer Jamie Thierman

re-recording mixer Yu-Ting Su

art director Madie Hays

prop master Stephanie Cheon

vfx Bryant Griffin, Ivy Liao

graphic designer Vittoria Campaner

marine coordinator Jim Pearson

makeup artist Sioux Sinclair

location sound mixer Nathaniel Pope

set photographer Fayrouz Ftouni