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CLOSE KNIT
May
12
7:15 PM19:15

CLOSE KNIT

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 7:15 PM

Naoko Ogigami; 2017; Japan; 127 min.; in Japanese with English subtitles

CLOSE-KNIT, reportedly the very first transgender-centered film made in Japan, explores the everyday struggles of Rinku (Toma Ikuta), a transgender Japanese woman, through the perspective of Tomo, a lonely, neglected youth (Rinka Kakihara) seeking solace and a stable home when her mother abandons her. Tomo’s frustrations begin to be channeled when Rinku shares her skill at knitting. The concept of the “chosen family” looms large in this painfully tender and wistfully photographed tale of love in a time of great strife, which also peels back the layers of provincial Japanese transphobia.

Content Warning: Discussion or Depiction of Self-Harm, Nudity

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I AM THEY
May
12
5:00 PM17:00

I AM THEY

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 5:00 PM

Fox Fisher; 2017; UK; 58 min.; in English and Icelandic with English subtitles

Fox and Owl Fisher are nonbinary trans activists from the UK—and they want to share what that means for them. With help from their community and loved ones, they explore issues such as legal recognition, language, health care, and social acceptance, delineating the challenges that they and many other people like them face daily. While education and social justice are at the heart of this film, it is also a love story of two people from different backgrounds finding each other. Through romance and activism, this couple defies gender norms and resists systems of oppression.

Content Warning: Vulgar language

Opening Short 1: COSMOPOLITAN.COM'S “I AM BEAUTIFUL”: JACOB TOBIA

Jason Ikeler; 2017; USA; 4 min.

For Jacob, using the pronoun “they” shows that gender is limitless. Jacob describes the ongoing process they went through to identify as genderqueer.

Opening Short 2: FLASH FLOOD: A ROTOSCOPED DOCUMENTARY

Alli MacKay; 2017; Canada; 6 min.

Intimate transgender testimonials are paired with dreamlike animation of three people stranded by a cataclysmic flood, while memories and introspections well up from deep within.

Content Warning: Nudity/Implied Violence

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IT'S ALRIGHT MICHEL
May
12
4:30 PM16:30

IT'S ALRIGHT MICHEL

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 4:30 PM

Marie-Pierre Grenier; 2017; Canada; 70 min.; in French with English subtitles

In this humorous and nostalgic biopic, the magnetic and mischievous transgender elder Michel Gagnon vividly relates the roller-coaster story his colorful love life, accented with masterful puppetry. He lays bare a life full of courage, sex positivity, and fierce self-assurance in the face of stuffy sensibilities and transphobia. Director Marie-Pierre Grenier weaves the presence of the documentarian into the fullness of Michel’s life. The result is a film that asks the viewer to bear witness and honor the complexities of our trans elders, and to walk away empowered to live a similar life of richness, intrigue, and intimacy.

Content Warning: Sexual descriptions/discussion

Opening Short: TAKE A WALK ON THE WILDSIDE

Lisa Rideout; 2017; Canada; 15 min.

A small shop in Canada offers more than just wigs. For decades it has provided a place to be seen, heard, and transformed, under the loving care of owner Paddy.

Content Warning: Nudity

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IN THE FAMILY SHORTS
May
12
2:30 PM14:30

IN THE FAMILY SHORTS

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 2:30 PM

Shorts Program: 

I AM... LAITH ASHLEY

Kase Pena; 2017; USA; 4 min.; in English and Spanish with English subtitles

Kase is a Dominican transgender man raised in New York City. This love letter to his family for their unconditional support gives him strength to work with LGBTQ homeless youth.

THE STATION

Daniel Foerste; 2017; USA; 12 min.

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many, especially those who have identities outside what is considered “normal.” This short gives us a look into the relationship between two brothers and the power of healing with the help of a campy guardian angel.

WALK FOR ME

Elegance Bratton; 2016; USA; 12 min.

Trans teen Hanna learns the meaning of family when she discovers the New York gay ball scene.

Content Warning: Identity Based Abuse or Harassment, Nudity

XANH

Sal Tran; 2017; USA; 15 min.; in English and Vietnamese with English subtitles

Xanh’s mother is a seamstress who polices Xanh’s gender presentation through the creation of feminine clothes. As their mom continuously criticizes their wardrobe, Xanh experiences nightmares that push them to search for peace within.

Content Warning: Nudity/Drug Use/Swearing or Verbal Abuse

SILVIA IN THE WAVES

Giovana Olmos; 2017; Canada; 13 min.

Noa struggles to honor the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.

Content Warning: Discussion or Depiction of Suicide

CHUDALA

Maaria Sayed; 2016; India; 15 min.; in Hindi and Urdu with English subtitles

A return to his childhood home brings Rehan back to memories of his father’s rejection of his gender. An atmospheric, poignant story of coming out as trans in a lower-middle-class Muslim family.

Content Warning: Identity Based Abuse or Harassment

MRS. MCCUTCHEON

John Sheedy; 2017; Australia; 16 min.

Ten-year-old Mrs. McCutcheon is having trouble fitting in at a new school until meeting Trevor, a tough little charmer who also suffers prejudice due to his Aboriginal heritage. With the school dance only days away, the two must navigate the pressures of school and family and find the courage to be who they are.

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WOMAN ON FIRE
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

WOMAN ON FIRE

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 12:00 PM

Julie Sokolow; 2016; USA; 83 min.

Whether it’s a dirty water dog or a sense of self you seek, head east to follow Brooke Guinan, New York City’s first openly transgender firefighter. Showing just what it takes to live openly in the face of a strong, male-dominated tradition, WOMAN ON FIRE brings you the tale of this third-generation firefighter and her chosen and blood families. These 21st-century superheroes face fears and obstacles together and give new meaning to words like home and family. A heartfelt portrait of courage and change in the American family and workplace, this heartwarming documentary is a testament to love, courage, and loyalty.

Opening Short: SWIM

Mari Walker; 2016; USA; 11 min.

The buoyancy of the water lifts a young trans teen’s spirits during a secret midnight swim.

Content Warning: Swearing or Verbal Abuse

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HOW TO BE A TRANS ALLY
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

HOW TO BE A TRANS ALLY

Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Are you new to transgender concepts? Want to learn how to be a good ally? Join us for a heartwarming documentary short, CREATING GENDER INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS, and then stick around for a discussion with Michael Woodward and Nikki Neuen from of Gender Diversity, a local organization that provides education about gender-inclusive schools, support groups for families, and the Gender Odyssey conferences. Bring all your questions to this educational evening, and come away with a working vocabulary and a more solid understanding of how to be supportive to trans and gender-nonconforming folks!

Short: CREATING GENDER INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS

Jonathan Skurnik; 2016; USA; 21 min.

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TRANS SHORTS & SPEED FRIENDING
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

TRANS SHORTS & SPEED FRIENDING

  • Seattle Public Library, University Branch (map)
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Monday, May 7, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Tired of impersonal dating apps and looking for a way to meet other queer/trans folks in a friendly environment? Look no further! Join us for the second annual Trans Shorts & Speed Friending event for some fun movies, a friending activity with discussion prompts, and refreshments! Your new best friend could be right around the corner. See you there!

Short 1: (I KNOW YOUR) FACE

C. Hudson Hwang; 2014; Canada; 3 min.

Told from the perspective of the narrator, this black-and-white music video explores trans identity across all segments of society, with an overlay of diverse faces over that of the narrator’s, challenging viewers to reconsider their definition of humanity and gender.

Short 2: SUNUNÚ: THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE

Olivia Crellin; 2017; Ecuador; 25 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

The desire to start a family against all odds puts one couple to the test as they face international scrutiny for their unconventional circumstances. This film shows the challenges they face being trans activists in the public eye while also becoming new parents.

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THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS
May
5
9:30 PM21:30

THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 9:30 PM

Gerardo Calagui; 2017; Philippines; 72 min.; in Tagalog with English subtitles

Unapologetically grim and yet endearing, THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS takes the viewer on a nightmarish journey through Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines from the POV of several trans inhabitants. This loose confederation of erotic masseuses, drug smugglers, and sex workers reveal how they navigate their pimps, their violent johns, and their impoverished families. Shot in a cinema verité style that follows the daily lives of the characters in separate vignettes, this refreshing feature debut provides a rich and complex narrative that pulls no punches and still makes the viewer care deeply about its characters.

Content Warning: Drug Use/Nudity/Explicit Sexual Situations/Graphic Violence/Discussion or Depiction of Rape

Opening Short: AARSA

Kawa Hatef; 2016; India; 18 min.; in English and Hindi with English subtitles

Raju, who works day in and day out cleaning a dance studio to support himself and his mother, finds himself observing both the instructor and her students. This short film organically intertwines the sounds of traditional Indian dance and the fabrics worn by dancers with soft pastel colors.

Content Warning: Identity Based Abuse or Harassment

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CHANGE IN THE FAMILY
May
5
12:00 PM12:00

CHANGE IN THE FAMILY

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 12:00 PM

Sam Hampton; 2017; USA; 62 min.

Director Sam Hampton brings heart to this transgender-transition film with a story of celebration, health, and unconditional love. A much-needed portrayal of biracial trans and gender-nonconforming lives in America, this documentary chronicles the transition of Zo Thorpe and the sympathetic response of his family. But CHANGE IN THE FAMILY is about so much more than the transition experience; it speaks to the complexity of young adulthood, being a person of color, having a biracial identity, and coming out as trans and gender-nonconforming. Zo’s story provides hope for a time when portraying this type of experience is no longer so unusual.

Opening Short: AMERICA IN TRANSITION: EPISODE 2: A FAMILY MATTER

André Pérez; 2017; USA; 19 min.

Dezjourn’s career as a black trans model takes off, but he wonders if his mother will be able to accept his gender identity when cancer threatens to end her life.

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DON'T CALL ME SON
May
4
9:30 PM21:30

DON'T CALL ME SON

Friday, May 4, 2018 | 9:30 PM

Anna Muylaert; 2016; Brazil; 83 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

A gender-fluid teen discovers the meaning of identity and belonging in this Brazilian indie drama, written and directed by Anna Muylaert. Pierre (Naomi Nero) is blindsided when their mother is arrested for a crime committed long ago: taking newborn Pierre from the birth mother at the hospital, and raising them as her own. With this life-shattering news, Pierre embarks on a fraught journey involving their biological family in an unfamiliar, affluent, and stringently heteronormative segment of Brazilian society.

Content Warning: Implied Violence, Depiction or Discussion of Suicide, Nudity/Explicit Sexual Situations/Drug Use/Non-Explicit Sexual Situations

Opening Short: TRITIYA

Vishnu Prasad; 2017; India; 17 min.; in Malayalam with English subtitles

After discovering their roommate’s suicide, Sandeep is drawn into an introspective journey steeped in Indian mythology and the strict gender binaries of their childhood. A gut-wrenching but ultimately uplifting portrayal of growing up third gender in southern India.

Content Warning: Non-Explicit Sexual Situations/Implied Violence/Discussion or Depiction of Suicide

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MAN MADE
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

MAN MADE

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 7:00 PM

T Cooper; 2018; USA; 98 min.

From adoption and homelessness to navigating relationships and overcoming self-harm, the four transmen in MAN MADE all have something else in common: they are all bodybuilders. Through the lens of FTMFitCon, the world’s only FTM bodybuilding competition, we delve into the lives of Dominic, Rese, Mason, and Kennie as they define what it means to be a man while contextualizing that definition through the social, racial, and economic realities of their lives. For the men of MAN MADE, it’s not about winning—it’s about stepping on stage and being seen for everything they are.

Content Warning: Nudity/Drug Use/Discussion or Depiction of Suicide/Swearing or Verbal Abuse/Discussion or Depiction of Rape/Discussion or Depiction of Self-Harm

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