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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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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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 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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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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