Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Montoya (HIM)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Daniel Montoya: Our original intent, when we started the process of making this film, was to show that being a transgender individual is just as normal as being cisgender. The film’s concept evolved over time to focus on Ethan’s advocacy for LGBTQ rights. We filmed at different events in Dallas and in Austin centered around the fight over SB6, aka the “Bathroom Bill” proposed by different members of the Texas House of Representatives.

Something that really motivated me, was seeing the injustice and lack of common sense in the proposed law. It’s crazy how the basic human need to use a bathroom could become so divisive and create so much controversy in Texas.

At the same time, I saw how Ethan was putting himself out there, sometimes with others but many other times, just by himself, and this is very dangerous…

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