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The Number 12


Young Tom finds himself caught in a 1960s-style “future” world where everyone undergoes The Transformation.

Our Review:

The strength of this short film is in its to drive home a point without the need to stretch the narratives or cling to story conventions. The theme is as relevant today as they were in the sixties. The film brings together the bygone period with the futuristic science fiction in an interesting mix. The performances are great and the dynamic between these characters felt authentic and each performer seemed to be enlivened by the other.

Director Biography - Jed Bell

Jed Bell is a trans filmmaker and MFA student in Cinema at San Francisco State University. His previous five short narrative films have won multiple awards and traveled the world on the festival circuit. His last film “Dropping Penny”—a comedy about trans dog-walkers—screened in festivals from Melbourne to San Francisco to Stockholm.

Director Statement Is it time, now, for trans artists to talk about our own fears, phobias, and shameful tantrums? “The Number 12” climbs inside a trans man’s nightmares and stays there. Trans actor and performance artist Marval Rex plays Peter, a calm and confident young trans man who has physically transitioned. His friend Tom, played by transmasculine actor Lex Ryan, is not so sure what he wants and how to get it. By the end, he makes his choice.


  • Jed Bell Director Dropping Penny, Crash, Drive Thru

  • Jed Bell Writer

  • Andy Bydalek Producer

  • Molly Stuart Producer

  • Antonia Crane Producer

  • Lex Ryan Key Cast "Tom" The L Word: Generation Q

  • Andy Bydalek Editor


  • Project Type: Short, Student

  • Genres: Trans, LGBT, Queer, Sci-fi, Horror

  • Runtime: 12 minutes 30 seconds

  • Completion Date: May 6, 2022

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Country of Filming: United States

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85

  • Film Color: Black & White and Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: No

  • Student Project: Yes - San Francisco State University

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