Family Program

2014 Family Programming Track

Friday, August 15, 2014

Triumphant! Trans Film Shorts

  • TRANS*MARCH (Simon Schultz von Dratzig; 2013; Canada & Germany; 5 min.)
  • GENDER GAMES (Meg Smaker & Veronica Lopez; 2013; US; 9 min.)
  • BUTTERFLY (Stuart McLaughlin; 2014; UK; 14 min.)
  • HOME/LAND(S) (Tommy Statkiewicz; 2013; US; 7 min.)
  • FLYING SOLO: A TRANSGENDER WIDOW FIGHTS DISCRIMINATION (Leslie Von Pless; 2014; US; 8 min.)
  • GIVING VOICE (Natalie Tofano; 2013; US; 12min.)
  • TRANSGENDER TUESDAYS (Mark Freeman; 2012; US & UK; 34 min.)

Total running time (89 min.)

Creating trans-specialized health care, being undocumented, living with Asperger’s syndrome, and taking on the legal system are some of the issues addressed in this collection of films that chronicle the challenges facing our diverse community. They prove that transgender people can overcome adversity and empower ourselves to be who we genuinely are.

Gender Odyssey is delighted to offer three short films programs and two feature films curated by Sam Berliner, the festival director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, which is presented each May by Three Dollar Bill Cinema. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the City of Seattle and its Neighborhood Matching Fund program. Thanks, City of Seattle!

You’re Doing What? Part One
In-house programming
Patricia Brown Peterson
What do you say when your son says he’s really your daughter, or your sister says she’s really your brother? Or any other mind-bending “switch” for that matter? For many of us, understanding gender identity and our loved one’s decision to transition is uncharted territory. The “whys” we have in our heads can be scary and overwhelming. We sometimes make desperate attempts to understand the complexities of their new gender identity. In this first of two workshops, we will share our feelings, listen to each other’s experiences, and ask questions in a comfortable, confidential environment.
Note: This is a closed, facilitated discussion for those of us who would like help, support, or simply a friendly ear in a confidential environment. The focus of the discussion will be on issues related to non-trans-identified parents, siblings, children, and friends of trans people.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

You’re Doing What? Part Two
In-house programming
Patricia Brown Peterson
(See description above.)

Growing Together: Family Film Shorts

  • PAPA’S BOY (Leevi Lemmety; 2010; Finland, UK; 3 min.)
  • OSCILLARE (Lauren Feiring; 2011; US; 9 min.)
  • A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY (Amy Coop; 2012; UK; 7 min.)
  • PERFORMING GIRL (Crescent Diamond; 2013; US; 25 min.)
  • AKIN (Chase Joynt; 2012; Canada; 9 min.)
  • BLUE (Keir Wilkins; 2012; Australia; 14 min.)
  • PERFECT IN MY IMPERFECTIONS (Julia Parnell; 2012; New Zealand; 22 min.)

Total running time (80 min)

Bring friends and allies to this collection of shorts navigating families and cultures, being true to ourselves, and finding common ground. In Papa’s Boy, a mouse wants to win his father’s approval, despite a hidden dream to be a ballet dancer. In Oscillare, Alyson struggles with both parenthood and gender expression. In A Little Bit Country a teenager’s parents are horrified to walk in on him while he is engrossed in his secret stash of… country music and cowboy clothes. Performing Girl explores the intersection of queer/trans identity and a traditional family, fodder for a hilarious show by Sri Lankan performance artist, D’Lo. Akin is a letter from a son to his mother, written in pictures and glimpses into the past. In Blue can Belle discover the secret of how it feels to be blue inside? In Perfect in My Imperfections we meet Amanaki, a Tongan choreographer who is preparing a dance for her family and community to seek acceptance of her trans identity.

Gender Odyssey is delighted to offer three short films programs and two feature films curated by Sam Berliner, the festival director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, which is presented each May by Three Dollar Bill Cinema. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the City of Seattle and its Neighborhood Matching Fund program. Thanks, City of Seattle!

Gender Personal
Jacqui Beck
Gender Personal is a project that explores and celebrates gender variance through art, poetry, and recorded interviews.  Jacqui Beck, a professional artist and art educator, has interviewed eight people who are gender variant (one of whom is her son) and has transformed their stories into paintings and poems.  The interviews are absolutely amazing. All the participants have their own unique way of expressing their experience of their gender and how they interface with the world they live in. In this workshop, Jacqui will play excerpts from her interviews, show slides of her paintings and read some of the poems. Following this there will be an open discussion. Superb photography by Marc Hoffman complements this presentation.

Wanted: Your Stories
Cameron Kyle Combs
We hear stories about transgender and gender non-conforming people, sexual outlaws and line-crossers of all kinds through media and social interactions almost every day. Sometimes, we can find glimmers of truth in those stories, more often those people and experiences are packaged and polished, told through the lens of bias, ignorance and scandal. That’s what we’re getting, but what we crave is authenticity and connection, we want stories about people we can relate to, told by those people. That’s why somewhere in the world, right now, someone is looking for you and your stories. This session is part writing workshop, part call to action. No writing experience necessary! We’ll do two or three casual writing exercises, with very few rules. And we’ll brainstorm about getting our stories into the world and how to network to find mentors and role models, allies and co-conspirators.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

What’s Up with Intersex?
Jane Goto
Within pop culture, the media, and gender studies, both transgenderism and intersex have become the cause célèbre. Despite this newfound interest, many people have little understanding of or misconstrued ideas about transgenderism and intersex, sometimes confusing one for the other. This session will briefly discuss the history of the intersex movement and help participants better understand the needs of intersexed people. We will spend some time deepening the understanding of the institutional similarities and differences between transgender and intersex people.

A Lifetime of Surveillance in Images: Gender and Fluidity
Sé Sullivan
This workshop intertwines auto-ethnography, Trans Theory, and contrasting images to create tension between private and public identities that navigate both heteronormativity and homonormativity. We will engage in a bottom up dialog throughout the workshop as a means of interrupting the traditional top-down hierarchy of knowledge production. This means that the participants’ lived experience will be crucial in this space of encounter.

Kumu Hina
Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i. During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe, even as she seeks love and a committed relationship in her own life. An incredible docu-drama that unfolds like a narrative film, KUMU HINA reveals a side of Hawai’i rarely seen on screen. (Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson; 2014; US; 77 min.)

Gender Odyssey is delighted to offer three short films programs and two feature films curated by Sam Berliner, the festival director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, which is presented each May by Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

For exact times, see the 2014 Schedule grid.