Lorin Murphy is a transgender filmmaker and producer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon graduating from the Academy of Arts, Lorin became a film projectionist and a cinematographer. He has incorporated his vast knowledge of technique and hands-on experience into his films. His main body of work is found footage experimental collage film, both in 16mm and video. He has also worked in narrative formats as well. A founding member of the Periwinkle Cinema film collective, Lorin helped produce their feature film, Hanky Code: The Movie as part of the 2015 National Queer Arts Fest, which has since been screened internationally. In 2018 Lorin directed the Homobiles' music video Homosafe, which premiered at the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival and also was showcased at Frameline 2019's Transtastic program. Lorin co-produced a short film based on the life of Lou Sullivan, for which he was also the lead cinematographer.
Periwinkle Cinema is a volunteer run queer film and video art series presented at Artists' Television Access. Our screenings were started by filmmaker Lorin Murphy at the legendary big GAY warehouse back in 2011. The series is programed by our host Lorin along with a bunch of awesome volunteers. All money from admission helps support Bay Area queer filmmakers through our various film arts community projects.
From San Francisco by way of NYC, Mya Byrne is a poet, award-winning performing songwriter, actor, and activist. A proud trans woman, she established her solo folk-Americana career in 2012 after years of performing with roots-rock band, the Ramblers, opening for acts such as Levon Helm.
Mya’s been featured on many great festival and club stages across America, on official Spotify playlists, and on terrestrial radio nationally and internationally. She made her stage debut at NYC’s Dixon Place, and has since been featured in Honest Accomplice Theatre’s Trans Literacy Project, and onstage at Berkeley Rep for the Monday Night Playground series. A Showcase Artist at the legendary Philadelphia and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals and the San Francisco Trans March, and the first trans woman to ever be featured as a solo performer at the SF Dyke March, her music and poetry have also been featured in such media as SingOut!, CountryQueer.com, The Advocate, Village Voice, New York Magazine, MSNBC, NPR, and CBS/Radio.com, with public speaking at institutions including SUNY, UC Berkeley, and the UU.