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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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SIDNEY & FRIENDS
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

SIDNEY & FRIENDS

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Tristan Aitchison; 2017; Kenya; 76 min.; in Swahili and English with English subtitles

Filmed over three years, this documentary explores the hopes, dreams, and everyday reality of Kenya’s intersex and transgender communities. When Sidney’s family disowns him and threatens his life, he flees to Nairobi, where he meets a group of transgender friends. The four comrades share what it’s like to grow up and live as trans and intersex people in the face of prejudice and transphobia, disclosing painful secrets of their struggles, sometimes with humor. Together they fight harsh discrimination and discover life, love, and self-worth.

Content Warning: Implied Violence/Discussion or Depiction of Rape/Discussion or Depiction of Self-Harm/Swearing or Verbal Abuse

Opening Short: MY OWN WINGS

Katia Repina; 2015; Spain/Ukraine/USA; 8 min.; in English, French, Russian, and Spanish with English subtitles

This transmedia project explores intersex identity through beautifully shot interviews about family, pressures from the medical industry, and societal standards that dictate what is commonly accepted as a male or female body.

Content Warning: Implied Violence

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MORE THAN T
May
5
5:00 PM17:00

MORE THAN T

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 5:00 PM

Silas Howard; 2017; USA; 53 min.

Acclaimed filmmaker Silas Howard shows us how transgender and gender-nonconforming people transcend their own experiences and lead multifaceted lives. Profiled are an attorney who first faced adversity in a Japanese internment camp, a makeup artist on the cutting edge of a premier cosmetics company, a young actor-in-training coping with unstable housing, an advocate for transgender equality who learned to be a champion for her community and herself, a counselor who leads her mentee by example, and a minister with a congregation very different from himself. Despite their differences, all have overcome hardships to serve their communities and share their unique perspectives.

Content Warning: Discussion of Rape/Discussion of Self-Harm, Vulgar Language

Opening Short 1: TAILOR

Calí dos Anjos; 2017; Brazil; 10 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

TAILOR is a transgender cartoonist whose web page illustrates other trans people’s experiences and challenges.

Content Warning: Nudity, Vulgar Language

Opening Short 2: SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX

Reinout Hellenthal; 2017; Netherlands; 18 min.; in Dutch with English subtitles

This enigmatic coming-of-age tale will pull at your heartstrings, emphasizing the importance of supporting youth who bravely proclaim their right to be different to a society that is often merciless and cruel.

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TRANSFIGURATIONS: TRANSGRESSING GENDER IN THE BIBLE
May
5
4:30 PM16:30

TRANSFIGURATIONS: TRANSGRESSING GENDER IN THE BIBLE

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 4:30 PM

Samuel Neff; 2017; USA; 103 min.

Religion and trans issues intersect in this showcase of biblical scholar and actor Peterson Toscano, who casts a light on gender-nonconforming characters featured in some of the most well-known stories in scripture. His one-man show asks of the texts, “Who is transgressing and transcending gender?” with creativity, humor, and thought-provoking results. Director Samuel Neff bolsters Toscano’s performance with footage of the actor’s own lectures reflecting on his work, producing a film accessible to audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with the Bible.

Content Warning: Non-Explicit Sexual Situations/Implied Violence

Opening Short: COSMOPOLITAN.COM'S “I AM BEAUTIFUL”: PASTOR MEGAN

Jason Ikeler; 2017; USA; 4 min.

Reverend Dr. Megan Rohrer opens up about faith and gender as an out transgender minister.

Content Warning: Swearing or Verbal Abuse/Implied Violence/Discussion or Depiction of Rape

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LIVE IN YOUR POWER SHORTS
May
5
2:30 PM14:30

LIVE IN YOUR POWER SHORTS

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 2:30 PM

Shorts collection:

COSMOPOLITAN.COM'S “I AM BEAUTIFUL”: PEPPERMINT

Jason Ikeler; 2017; USA; 3 min.

Peppermint shares how she used drag to transition and live her life as the woman she’s always been.

Content Warning: Depiction of Graphic Violence, Swearing or Verbal Abuse

ANGELA

Sean Horlor & Steve Adams; 2016; Canada; 11 min.

Explore a week in the life of Angela, a Canadian roller derby jammer and transgender rights activist.

MUXES

Ivan Olita; 2016; USA; 10 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

In the southern Mexican town of Juchitán, the indigenous community is not divided simply into males and females. The Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call “muxes”: men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned limbo between two genders.

TIME MARCHES ON AND SO DO WE

Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt; 2017; USA; 4 min.

Narrator Laverne Cox takes us on an animated journey through trans history and resistance.

Content Warning: Implied Violence

AJE IJO: 7 REFLECTIONS

Kiana Harris; 2017; USA; 14 min.

Featuring beautiful cinematography and original music, this locally produced dance film is a meditation on the humanity, vulnerability, and resiliency of the black and African diaspora, in particular those whose identities interrupt the Western gender binary.

LADY EVA

Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson; 2017; USA; 11 min.; English and Tongan with English subtitles

A brave young woman sets off on a journey to become her true self in the conservative Pacific Island kingdom of Tonga—with a little inspiration from Tina Turner.

Content Warning: Implied Violence

PURITY

Pedro Vikingo; 2018; Spain; 5 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

A refreshing, celebratory look into the truth, spirit, and hearts of trans children in Spain.

SAN FRANCISCO TWO-SPIRIT POWWOW

Matika Wilbur; 2017; USA; 4 min.

The Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow is inclusive and welcoming to all and honors those who cannot be there to dance, whether due to shame or violence.

Content Warning: Discussion or Depiction of Suicide

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARSHA

Reina Gossett & Sasha Wortzel; 2017; USA; 14 min.

This is the story of extraordinary transgender rights activists, pioneers, and friends Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, in the hours before the Stonewall riots. Magical realism, glitter, and an eye for detail bring this beautifully styled historic tale to new heights.

Content Warning: Implied Violence

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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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JESUS IS DEAD
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

JESUS IS DEAD

Friday, May 4, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Victor Villanueva; 2016; Philippines; 90 min.; in Filipino, Visayan, and Tagalog with English subtitles

“Jesus is dead,” declares Iyay, the matriarch of the family, igniting this delightfully absurd and utterly charming road comedy. Jesus is her estranged husband, so she and the reluctant children—transgender son Jude; Hubert, who has Down syndrome: Jay the slacker; and puppy Judas—all set off through the picturesque Philippine countryside to the wake. Full of gloriously strange and wonderfully weird characters, this rollicking film recalls the random and quirky nature of classic comedies like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, while also dealing with personal heartbreak and relationships in a genuine and affecting story, redefining what it truly means to be a family.

Content Warning: Nudity/Non-Explicit Sexual Situations, Vulgar Language

Opening Short: FOR A CHANGE

Keren Nir; 2016; Israel; 4 min; in Hebrew with English subtitles.

This nonfiction animated short uses a witty, kinetic visual style to convey some of the day-to-day challenges of the trans male narrator’s adolescence.

Content Warning: Nudity/Non-Explicit Sexual Situations

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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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