The Premiere Screening Of: What’s the T? How you were born does not define who you are.




How you were born does not define who you are.


Independent documentary, What’s the T?, premiering February 21, 2013, San Francisco, California, at New People Event Venue, 1746 Post Street.  General screening at 5:30 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm; VIP screening at 9:00pm, doors open at 8:00pm.  Tickets for the general screening are $15, and VIP screening tickets are $40.  Red carpet reception is sponsored by Rockwall Wines and Underwood Chef services. An after party will be held at AsiaSF, 201 9th Street, San Francisco.  Ticket sales benefit Trans Thrive, a San Francisco Bay area non-profit organization, serving the transgender community.

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Event Producer: Silvio Silva, Silvio Silva Events, or (415) 377-7623

Film Producer/Director: Cecilio Asuncion, or (415) 715-4496

Event Sponsor: Trans Thrive, 815 Hyde St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA,  415.409.4101




What’s the T? is a documentary that explores the challenges, successes, and lives of five transgender women. These women represent normality, and what society sometimes views as abnormality, seamlessly in their daily efforts to achieve a balance of feminine presence and confidence. They are beyond and within the stereotypical male-to-female story told by prior documentarians.  What’s the T? strays from the usual storyline of transgender tragedy and medical issues.  Cecilio Asuncion, Director and Producer, refused to give into the expected day-time talk show shock stories that devalue and exploit transgender women.  Asuncion describes the film as, ”a CELEBRATION of all that these brave women have accomplished and seek to achieve.”


The film features Cassandra Cass, Nya Ampon, Rakash Armani, Vi Le, and Mia Tu Mutch.  The ladies featured in What’s the T? are a powerful testament to the success and happiness for which all transgender women can aspire.  They range from a bodacious beautiful reality starlet to a biochemistry pre-med student.  After numerous interviews with potential cast members, Asuncion selected these particular ladies because of their fascinating, intriguing stories that dispel the world’s misconceptions about life as lived by transgender women.


What’s the T? is an official selection of the Asians On Film Festival, screening in North Hollywood, J.E.T. Studios, February 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm.




Cecilio Asuncion, Director and Producer, currently resides in San Francisco. Originally from Manila, Cecilio began his career in entertainment as an assistant production designer for television commercials, under the tutelage of Gayl Vicente, handling projects for clients such as Johnson’s Baby Powder, Hallmark cards, MAXX Candy, Bayantel telecommunications, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, San Miguel Beer, and other local brands.  He also headed production design work on a music video for the artist Jaya, and served as Art Director and food stylist for the former Taste Magazine.  Asuncion is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Filipino-American award for LGBT advocacy.  In 2011, he joined the Scary Cow film coop.  What’s the T? is his first documentary, and he hopes it portrays a celebration of beauty, not only in the trans world, but also in the broader LGBT community.


Premiere Event Sponsors: Other Film Sponsors:

AsiaSF The Plant Café Organic

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants The Candy Shop

US Medical Support, LLC Transform SF

Trans Thrive American Center of Philippine Arts

Transgender Law Center

GLOSS Magazine

Rockwall Wines

Sparky’s Balloons

Five O Limo




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Event Managers: Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma, Silvio Silva,

Producer/Director/Writer: Cecilio Asuncion, or (415) 715-4496

Photo credits: Cecilio Asuncion. Feature Photo: Cecilio Asuncion

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