Ticket prices for Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival
$45 for a festival pass
$7 for single tickets
$5 for single tickets for Three Dollar Bill Cinema Members. Limit two tickets per member per screening.
$5 youth & senior discount (youth are 21 and under, seniors are 65 and over)
Youth and Senior discount is only available day of show at the box office. Must present ID.
Claiming Transgender Space in the Moving Image
THURSDAY, MAY 7, 6PM FREE Kick-off Event at the Capitol Hill Library (425 Harvard Ave E)
Join transgendered artist Ethan Bach for a discussion of transgender representation and oppression within film. What do film and video images say about transgender identity? How are we representing ourselves? How can we use film and video resources to move beyond cultural expectations? Film clips from 1892 to the present will be examined to show how the moving image mirrors society. Come explore ways to move past this representation and claim space within the film, video, and art communities.
Ethan Bach is a digital video artist, documentary videographer, and interactive installation artist. Ethan holds an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA in Media Production from The Evergreen State College. www.ethanbach.com
This is a FREE event. No tickets are needed.
HER NAME WAS STEVEN
(West Coast Premiere) FRIDAY, MAY 8, 7PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
Opening Night Program
As City Manager of Largo, Florida, Steve Stanton seemed to have the ideal life; a wife and son at home, a well-paying job overseeing a $130 million budget and 1,200 employees, and the respect and admiration of peers. But everything changed in early 2007 when a local newspaper revealed Stanton’s plans for sexual reassignment. Fired by the city and thrust into the national spotlight, Stanton nevertheless proceeded with her transition.
This intimate documentary serves as witness to the resulting loss of friends, career crisis, and media circus. While exposing the blatant transphobia in society, it also shows Stanton’s own hand in her difficulties: some hurtful comments about other trans people made this likely spokesperson somewhat of an outcast in her own community. Ultimately, the film provides a compelling, contemporary look at issues we must face in the fight for LGBT equal rights.
HER NAME WAS STEVEN, CNN Productions, 2009, US, 80 min
Playing with ENVISIONING JUSTICE: THE JOURNEY OF A TRANSGENDERED WOMAN which presents the life and work of Pauline Park, transwoman and community activist who co-founded NYAGRA and was the first openly trans person chosen to be a grand marshal of the New York Pride March.
ENVISIONING JUSTICE, Dir. Larry Tung, 2008, US, 32 min
Attendees to the Opening Night program are invited to a reception at Café Stellina immediately following the films. (Café Stellina, 1429 12th Ave @ Pike St)
Youth In Focus
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
Two films take a look at the lives of young trans people.
In PINK ON A MAN, a genderqueer-identified filmmaker documents the decision-making process around whether or not to transition on testosterone. With first person narration, interviews with family, friends, and professionals, and clever reenactments, the journey is shown with sincerity and humor while also posing questions that aren’t always easy to answer.
PINK ON A MAN, Dir. A.Q. Quintero, 2008, US, 36 min
The US Premiere of VALENTIJN (pronounced “Valen – teen”) follows the film’s namesake for nearly a decade and shows her process of self-discovery from age 8 to her late teens. Valentijn’s parents talk about how they managed to balance social expectations and pressure with support for their child, while candid opinions from classmates though the years reveal the challenges—and voices of acceptance—that can be present in a young transgendered person’s life. Meanwhile, Valentijn, facing rules on everything from appropriate clothes to wear to what roles can be danced in ballet class, bravely shares her story of being true to herself.
VALENTIJN, Dir. Hetty Nietsch, 2008, Netherlands, 54 min
(In Dutch with English subtitles)
AGAINST A TRANS NARRATIVE
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 5PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
Academic trans filmmaker Jules Rosskam directs this film that primarily functions as a dialogue — between friends, cultures and generations — that addresses issues of representation, identity-formation, and the various forces that act together to build communities. It’s a unique documentary that specifically analyzes the construction of the dominant trans-masculine “narrative” and how this influences and potentially hinders peoples’ conceptions of themselves. Blending a genre-busting combination of intimate diary footage, stylized dramatic scenes, spoken word performance, faux audition tapes, and roundtable interview footage, AGAINST A TRANS NARRATIVE explores and initiates conversation between feminists, queers, and transfolk about the way we all construct personal and historical narratives.
AGAINST A TRANS NARRATIVE, Dir. Jules Rosskam, US, 2009, 61 minutes
Preceeded by QUEERER THAN THOU, which asks the eternal question: who is the queerest of them all? And proposes a light-hearted way of settling such dogmatic arguments.
QUEERER THAN THOU, Dir. Ramses Rodstein, 2008, US, 8 min
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 7PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
At 65, Jack (Bob Hoskins) is consumed by past guilt and regret. His strained relationship with his son is severed upon the death of his wife and Jack, lost and alone in self loathing, spirals into decline. A glimpse of hope arrives in the unlikely form of eight-year-old Florrie, a soft-natured girl who moves in next door and delights in his long neglected racing pigeon Ruby.
When Jack’s glamorous French neighbor, Stephanie (Josiane Balasko), takes pity on him, Jack cannot help but fall for her charms. When Stephanie reveals that she is transgendered and Jack’s innocent friendship with Florrie is under suspicion, his life is thrown into turmoil once again. Eventually, tragedy forces him to confront his prejudices, face his fears, and challenge those around him in a bid to reclaim his happiness and win back Stephanie’s love.
RUBY BLUE, Dir. Jan Dunn, 2008, UK, 112 min
Transploitation Exploration: LET ME DIE A WOMAN
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 9:30PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
Director Doris Wishman had a prolific career in the 60s and 70s with nudist films and a series of sexploitation films, and the years have elevated much of her work to cult status. “Let Me Die A Woman” is a semi-documentary, better described as transploitation, from her 70s period. The film contains cheesy re-enactment scenes and is quite dated in its look and production value, but exists as a glimpse at the lifestyle choices and pervasive thought that existed for transsexuals (both male and female) in the late 1970s. A film sure to provoke thought and laughter at its wild assertions, there will be much to discuss after this look at the past.
LET ME DIE A WOMAN, Dir. Doris Wishman, 1979, US, 79 min
Translations Coffee Talk
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 11AM Kaladi Brothers Coffee 511 E. Pike St.
Join us for a discussion about the films you have seen and will see during Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. Moderated by Cresdan Maite, Project Director for Gender Spectrum. Coffee & pastries provided. FREE.
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
A winner of many international film festival awards (and at one time banned in India), THE PINK MIRROR is a pioneering work of queer, independent South Asian film. The melodrama reveals and relishes in the happiness, jealousies, passions, and anguish of two “queens” as they complete for the attention of a handsome hunk.
THE PINK MIRROR (GULABI AAINA), Dir. Sridhar Rangayan, 2003, India, 40 min (In Hindi & English with English subtitles)
Shedding light on an issue often ignored in India, 68 PAGES exposes how Indian society can stigmatize and shun those who are HIV+ or even those who want to live outside the norm. Through the writings of a counselor in her diary, we are introduced to the lives of some transgender and gay characters who tell their stories of pain and trauma, but also of happiness and hope.
68 PAGES, Dir. Sridhar Rangayan, 2007, India, 42 min
(In Hindi & English with English subtitles)
(West Coast Premiere) SUNDAY, MAY 10, 5PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
Far from the usual treatment of Trans issues, this film and its subjects address gender identity issues head-on by questioning often unchallenged societal norms and analyzing the nature of the oppression and repression faced by the Transgender and Intersex communities in France and Europe. The women and men presented in the film, all contemporary activists and pioneers of the Transgender and Intersex movement in France, each recount their quest for gender identity and bring voice to their tribulations and their triumphs.
BINDING WORDS (L’ORDRE DES MOTS), Dirs. Cynthia Arra & Melissa Arra, 2007, France, 75 min
(In French with English subtitles)
STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 7PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
This feature-length documentary explores the lives of six black transgender men living in the United States. Through the intimate stories of their lives as artists, students, husbands, fathers, lawyers, and teachers, the film offers viewers a complex and multi-faceted image of race, sexuality and trans identity.
STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen, Dir. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, 2008, US, 77 min
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 9PM Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave
East Coast independent filmmaker and seemingly consummate “guy’s guy” Joe O’Ferrell had something to tell people. Loading up the cameras in order to catch it all on tape, Joe turns to the crew and matter-of-factly reveals leading a secret life as a woman and the intention to transition and live as a woman, full-time.
Thus the journey begins through the series of feminizing surgeries and treatments to become Michelle Ann Farrell. However, Michelle quickly realizes that the physical changes are relatively easy compared to the momentous task of re-introducing herself to those who have known her as a son, a buddy, a national hockey champion, and a role model who came back from the depths of a life mired in drugs to make a better life. UNRAVELING MICHELLE is a film that’s uplifting and inspiring for anyone who struggles with surviving in their own skin.
UNRAVELING MICHELLE, Dir. Dan Shaffer, 2008, 84 min