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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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 KAIROS DIRT & THE ERRANT VACUUM
May
11
9:30 PM21:30

KAIROS DIRT & THE ERRANT VACUUM

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 9:30 PM

Madsen Minax; 2016; USA; 98 min.

Reminiscent of the works of David Lynch and John Waters, KAIROS DIRT & THE ERRANT VACUUM connects a group of mystical misfits as a trans-worldly being invades the characters’ dreams. Television monitors, radio frequencies, and orifices all become portals to a mysterious dimension, revealing an alternate realm of shameless, subconscious desires. Using an unearthly, genderless apparition and fantastic, carnal dreamscapes, director Madsen Minax invites you to question what is self, what is other, and what we must give up to become something else. Awarded Best Feature at the 2016 Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Content Warning: Nudity/Non-Explicit Sexual Situations

Opening Short: REBELLIOUS ESSENCE (UPORNI DUH)

Ana Cigon; 2017; Slovenia; 5 min.

This kaleidoscopic animation follows a psychedelic genderfluid cat requesting a passport at the Office of the Ministry for Cat Affairs, only to be met by the bureaucratic nightmare of clerks demanding to know the cat’s gender.

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THEY
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

THEY

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh; USA/Qatar; 80 min.; in English and Farsi with English subtitles

THEY is the hauntingly beautiful journey of J, a nonbinary youth in the Chicago suburbs who struggles daily to understand their place in the world—and their own mind and heart. This debut film by writer-director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh gives viewers as close to a first-hand experience of transitioning as possible, as well as a glimpse of what life would be like if being trans were normalized. Allowed to evolve, think, and grow, Rhys Fehrenbacher as J portrays one of the most fully developed trans characters on screen. Ghostly cinematography by Carolina Costa brilliantly supports the naturalistic performances in this movingly poetic film.

Opening Short: POLYMORPH

Mike Hooves; 2017; Canada; 5 min.

An experimental, genderf*ck portrait of a body playfully exploring, this futuristic short is tactilely satisfying and a testament to the profound beauty of the trans* body.

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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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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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