ASHEVILLE — Actress Andie MacDowell has joined forces with filmmaker Rod Murphy of 614 Films to produce a documentary about the Gay Miss Latina Transgender Pageant, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The Ashevile-based Mexican immigrant transgender beauty pageant will be held on Nov. 6 at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Sq., and will be emceed by Latin TV entertainer Cachita.

Paul Schattel, an award-winning writer/director, has added his talents to the project. He owns Harrow Beauty Pictures, a film and video production company.

Cachita, a comedian, is a MTF transexual who relocated to the High Country from Miami. She was recently at the Fiesta Latina celebration on Oct. 2 in Fletcher. She also has plans to assist transgender and transexual clients through Western North Carolina Community Health Services.

To view rehearsal test footage, visit

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.