Trans Inclusion plays a leading role in Mutt, a heartfelt, day-in-a-New-Yorker-life drama premiering at Sundance

SteveRamosMedia
3 min readJan 30, 2023

Mutt director boosts his full-hearted, day-in-a-New-Yorker-life drama with a Trans Inclusion spirit.

Lio Mehiel stars as Feña in ‘Mutt’ by Vuk Lunulov-Klotz, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

The trans lead character Feña, trans leading man Lio Mehiel, and trans writer/director Vuk Lungulov-Klotz are understandably receiving the Sundance Film Festival spotlight for the day-in-a-New-Yorker-life drama Mutt. A spirit of Trans Inclusion provides a unique and empathetic boost to Mutt, premiering in the U.S. Dramatic section at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Its real-life portrayals, universal themes regarding family, and grounded storytelling reflecting an average New Yorker’s life are the standout qualities that make Mutt more than a shining example of diverse storytelling.

Twenty-something Feña (Lio Mehiel) is frantically getting ready for a visit from his foreign father (Alejandro Goic). He needs to borrow a friend’s car to pick up his father from the airport and cash his restaurant paycheck for gas money. Unexpected encounters with Feña’s ex-boyfriend John (Cole Doman) and teenage half-sister Zoe (MiMi Ryder) add drama to an anxious day. These visits also reignite complicated feelings for Feña about recently transitioning from female to male and the trauma of top surgery. What is a trans man supposed to say when his…

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