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

TRANS SHORTS & SPEED FRIENDING

  • Seattle Public Library, University Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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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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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