In many ways, Angie Zapata was not unlike a lot of other teenagers you probably know. She had a particular obsession with her phone. “She loved to take pictures of herself,” say her sisters, in a documentary debuting this weekend in Denver called Photos of Angie, by Alan Dominguez of Denver’s Loco Lane Filmworks (KUNC radio).
In 2008, Zapata was brutally murdered by Allan Andrade in Greeley, resulting in the first time a hate-crimes law was applied to a transgender victim in the United States (Elevated Voices). Zapata’s death brought to mind the murder of another Colorado transgender teen, Fred Martinez, who was killed in the southwest town of Cortez in 2001, and whose story is told in the documentary Two Spirits.
Photos of Angie will premier Saturday during XicanIndie 13, the annual festival dedicated to showcasing “Latino world cinema” (Denver Post). Keep your ears tuned to the musical score by The Flobots’ Mackenzie Gault (Greeley Tribune).
Boulder may have marked another first in hate-crimes law yesterday when Zachrey Harris was found guilty of verbally harassing two Nigerian men (Daily Camera).