We are pleased to screen a number of films in collaboration with Translations: Seattle’s Transgender Film Festival.
Annalise Ophelian; 2015; US; 91 min.
MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of black transgender elder and activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Commonly known as “Mama,” she has been fiercely advocating for her girls—trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s prisons—for over 40 years. A veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion, a survivor of Attica State Prison, and a former sex worker, Miss Major is a living library of the queer rights movement. Both a condemnation of the prison-industrial complex and a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, MAJOR! uses first-person narration and innovative storytelling to personalize this vibrant and charismatic woman with love and humor.
Contains adult themes and language and mention of rape.
From This Day Forward
Sharon Shattuck; 2015; US; 76 min.
Director Sharon Shattuck wants to have the wedding she always dreamed of, with her father walking her down the aisle in a traditional suit. Her dad—now Trisha—has a different idea of what it would look like to be authentic: wearing a dress. In this real-life Transparent, Trisha’s closely bonded family reinvents family roles to accommodate her shift in identity, balancing self-expression and adaptation. While it’s a mystifying experience for everyone involved, this family in flux preserves their loving connections in this moving documentary portrayal of complex relationships and life’s biggest moments.
Sydney Freeland; 2015; US; 54 min.
This sweet six-episode web series directed by Sydney Freeland (DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST, Translations 2015; Honorable Mention, Narrative Feature, SLGFF 2013) showcases the complex up-and-down dating lives of trans women living in LA. Paige (Angelica Ross), a successful human rights lawyer, thinks she’s found something special in James, the first guy she’s opened up to in years, but can this new relationship withstand all the pressures she faces? The magnetic chemistry that grows between love-shy Violet and reporter Allie (co-writers Jen Richards and Laura Zaks) will leave your heart full. With many queer and trans women behind and in front of the camera, HER STORY entertains with three-dimensional characters, who do not shy away from difficult topics.
Contains adult themes and language, and implied violence and sexuality.
Shining Stars Shorts
These youth remind us that no matter your age, everyone can define their own identity and be proud of who they are.
KIDS ON GENDER
Jasmine Doyle Pitt & Alexa Sidor; 2014; UK; 9 min.
What happens when you ask kids to define gender? This youth-led documentary explores what messages we give kids about gender and what we can learn when we flip the script and listen.
Ann Prim; 2016; US; 11 min.; in Russian and English with English subtitles
Viktor, a Russian-American family’s only child, grows increasingly close to their beloved Russian grandmother. Only she knows their secret, and she isn’t afraid to stand up to the family for her grandchild’s right to express themself.
RAISING OWEN: A GENDERQUEER LOVE STORY
Meg Brown; 2015; US; 9 min.
What’s it like to raise a genderqueer child, even with a supportive environment and family? While it’s not without challenges, this family’s story of love and affection shines through.
Bennett Lasseter; 2014; US; 21 min.
Being the new girl in middle school is hard enough. For Sammy, it’s even tougher as she worries about telling her two new BFFs her deepest secret: she’s trans.
HOW TO BE A GIRL
Marlo Mack; 2014; US; 7 min.
“When he was three years old, my son told me that she was actually my daughter.” This adorable animation by the mom of a young trans child illustrates their journey together with honesty and humor.
Melissa Martens; 2015; Netherlands; 19 min.; in Dutch and Arabic with English subtitles.
Nassira’s friends call her Nasser because she feels different than other girls. When Nasser has her first period, pressure rises at home to act more like a young woman, but what does Nasser want?
Program contains brief violence and adult language.