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Translations 2012

Translations 2012

Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival
May 3-6, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 Translations Audience Award Winners!
-Best Narrative Feature, FACING MIRRORS, directed by Negar Azarbayjani
-Best Documentary Feature, I STAND CORRECTED, directed by Andrea Meyerson
-Best Documentary Short Film, MIND, directed by Emma Crimmings
-Best Narrative Short Film, MARIAGE SANS FRONTIÈRES, directed by Ches Yim and Anastasia Tsang

Tickets

$50 for a festival pass
$11 Opening Night (includes post-screening reception at Solo)
$9 for single tickets
$7 for single tickets for Three Dollar Bill Cinema Members, youth and seniors. Limit two tickets per member per screening. 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.

I’VE GOT A STORY is a free program.

Translations Passes are no longer available online. They can be purchased at the box office (May 3 at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown and after that at NW Film Forum). The box office at SIFF Cinema opens at 6:30pm and 30 minutes before the first screening of each day at NW Film Forum.

To buy individual tickets click on the links below within each film listing

Venues

SIFF Cinema at the Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Solo
200 Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Download a PDF of the Translations film program

 

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GENDER BENDER SING-ALONG

April 26 Central Cinema 8pm

Translations Film Festival Kickoff

This popular event from last year’s Translations festival returns as a kickoff for 2012! Sing along to classic hits from gender-bending movies such as VICTOR/VICTORIA and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, and songs by such bands as Culture Club, Twisted Sister, Dead or Alive, and many more! Get your groove on and get ready for the 7th annual Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival, May 3–6!

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. The box office will open at 7:30pm.

 

 

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THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

May 3 SIFF Cinema at the Uptown 7:15pm

Translations Opening Night

Northwest Premiere

In this award-winning and affecting documentary on cutting-edge artists in love, groundbreaking performance artist and musical pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and soul mate Lady Jaye undertake daring physical transformations, known as the “Pandrogyne” project. In their most risky, ambitious, and subversive performance of their 15 year artistic collaboration and marriage, Genesis begins a series of sex reassignment surgeries to more closely resemble Lady Jaye —and she follows suit with her own surgical transformations in an attempt to deconstruct two individual identities through the creation of an indivisible third.

Genesis’s atypical artistic résumé ranges from hardcore industrial music and collaboration with Skinny Puppy and Peaches to authoring The Psychic Bible, and recently having work shown at the Tate Modern in England and being lauded by the Museum of Modern Art.

Winner of the Teddy for Best Documentary at the 2011 Berlinale.
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, Marie Losier; 2011; US/ France; 75 min.

Watch the Trailer

Tickets are no longer available online. They can be purchased at the box office at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown starting at 6:30pm.
Will-call opens at 6:30pm.

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THE LAST SUMMER OF LA BOYITA

May 4 Northwest Film Forum 7:15pm

Seattle Premiere

Jorgelina, caught between childhood and adolescence, longs to be like her older sister, who is entering womanhood and wants little to do with her. To escape the family fireworks, Jorgelina and her father take their camper-van La Boyita to spend the summer break swimming and riding horses at his ranch on the sun-drenched Pampas. Jorgelina soon bonds with Mario, a quiet young ranch worker, until she begins to notice that Mario isn’t like other boys. This powerful coming-of-age film delicately balances the beauty and curiosity of youth with the challenges of being intersex.
THE LAST SUMMER OF LA BOYITA, Julia Solomonoff; 2009; Argentina/Spain/France; 93 min.

Watch the Trailer

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 6:45pm.
Will-call opens at 6:45pm.

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ROCKIN’ ROLES: SHORT FILMS

May 4 Northwest Film Forum 9:30pm

Get set for a wild ride with these artsy, edgy, and occasionally hilarious short films from gender-bending artists both near and dear and totally far out there.
LEAN LIKE A CHICHA; Lonnie Tristan Renteria; 2011; US; 4 min.
TRANSSEXUAL DOMINATRIX; Shawna Virago; 2011; US; 4 min.
STRONG AND DREAMING; Avery Kalapa; 2011; US; 7 min.
TEARS FOR MY PUSSY; PJ Raval; 2009; US; 6 min.
FIX MY DICK; PJ Raval; 2009; US; 4 min.
13 WAYZ TO GET HARD; Clyde Petersen; 2012; US; 1 min.
LOVE AND ANGER; Brian Benson; 2011; US; 16 min.
SHOT DAY; Syniva Whitney; 2011; US; 7 min.
DOKKA DOKKA; Barry Morse; 2010; US; 3 min.
JINKXALICIOUS, Alex Berry; 2011; US; 5 min.

Some films contain graphic language & sexuality

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 6:45pm.
Will-call opens at 6:45pm.

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I’VE GOT A STORY: Free Panel Discussion

May 5 Northwest Film Forum 1:00pm

In the years since Translations began, we’ve seen an explosion of films by and about transgendered people. We know it’s important that people who are a part of the transgender community tell their own stories, but how exactly is that done? This panel will provide a fascinating discussion with filmmakers from this year’s festival who will share their experiences of getting their films to the screen. Come learn what it takes to make a film, see examples of films made in our community, and find out more about local filmmaking resources.
Moderated by Reid Kuennen, Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Reel Queer Youth Program Manager.
FREE

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RADIO WARS

May 5 Northwest Film Forum 2:30pm

At the heart of this Errol Morris–type documentary is Martine Rothblatt, a transwoman and inventor of satellite radio, whose work, like that of radio’s inventor, Nikola Tesla, very few know about. Don’t be fooled by the title: in this engrossing history of radio, RADIO WARS also covers rock ’n’ roll, science fiction, the business of media, and much more. It chronicles the pitched battles that erupt when one technology surpasses another, from the days when the print industry fought against AM radio, which resisted FM stations, which battled TV…to the most recent struggle between satellite radio giants.

RADIO WARS, Sandra Mohr; 2011; US; 97 min.

Watch the Trailer

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 12:30pm.
Will-call opens at 12:30pm.

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FREE TO BE: SHORT FILMS

May 5 Northwest Film Forum 4:30pm

From eye-candy animation to moving dramas and uplifting experiences, these excellent short films explore the ties that bind and the strength it takes to set yourself free.

QUEER UMBRELLA; Rosa Middleton; 2011; UK; 2 min.
A DATE FOR DOMINIQUE; Nikki Lee Taylor; 2011; US; 10 min.
SCAR; Lauren Lindberg & Raymundo Archila; 2011; US; 2 min.
THREADBARE; Lucas Crawford; 2011; Canada; 3 min.
SOMETHING BLUE; Rebekah Fortune; 2011; UK; 14 min.
REVISE/DISGUISE; Madsen Minax; 2011; US; 4 min.
MARIAGE SANS FRONTIÈRES; Ches Yim; 2011 Hong Kong; 30 min.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 12:30pm.
Will-call opens at 12:30pm.

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I STAND CORRECTED

May 5 Northwest Film Forum 7:15pm

Northwest Premiere

The world of jazz musicians has typically been a boys’ club, homophobic at best. So what happens when a transwoman breaks in? Jazz bassist John Leitham had established himself as one of the top stand-up virtuosos in the business, hand-picked to accompany luminaries like Woody Herman and Mel Tormé. But John kept a secret from these colleagues: living as John on the road, but Jennifer at home. This compelling documentary reveals how Jennifer Leitham’s bandmates handled her transition (Doc Severinsen most touchingly) and how her career survived the journey, proving that one can find allies in the unlikeliest of places.

I STAND CORRECTED, Andrea Meyerson; 2012; US; 82 min.

Watch the Trailer

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 12:30pm.
Will-call opens at 12:30pm.

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DOING IT OURSELVES: THE TRANS WOMEN PORN PROJECT

May 5 Northwest Film Forum 9:30pm

You think you’ve seen it all: “she-males,” “trannies,” and “TGs” selling live chat, prostitution, and escort ads—but you haven’t. DOING IT OURSELVES is the opposite: honest and authentic, risky and real, with trans women and their partners of various genders engaging in sex the way they want to be represented. This award-winning pornographic documentary is a breath of fresh air in a porn world dominated by unrealistic and offensive representations of trans women. We guarantee you haven’t seen it before, and it will be a while before you see it again.

Contains Graphic Sexuality

DOING IT OURSELVES: THE TRANS WOMEN PORN PROJECT, Tobi Hill-Meyer; 2010; US; 99 min.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 12:30pm.
Will-call opens at 12:30pm.

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ANGEL

May 6 Northwest Film Forum 1:00pm

Northwest Premiere

Known in Paris as Mujerón (“Big Woman”), Angel is a former professional Ecuadorian boxer, now living between genders and working as a prostitute to support an agrarian family back home. On the first trip back to Ecuador in five years, Angel encounters the harsh reality of everyday life there and an ambiguous relationship with her family, who are in the process of building Angel a home to return to. This unique documentary is both a compelling look at complex identities and economic struggles, and a touching story of a remarkable person’s perseverance and graceful transformation of harassment into acceptance.

ANGEL, Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva; 2010; France; 62 min.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 12:30pm.
Will-call opens at 12:30pm.

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I AM A WOMAN NOW

May 6 Northwest Film Forum 2:30pm

Northwest Premiere

Five first-generation transsexual women paint a resonant picture of the successes they enjoyed and the obstacles they encountered in the fifty years since their surgical transformations, all performed in Casablanca, Morocco, by Dr. Georges Burou, who did not require psychological assessments as a precondition. Did their sex change operations change their lives as they had hoped? How did their families react? Using high production values, vintage photographs, and home videos, this respectful and sensitive documentary offers a fresh perspective on these women’s difficult choice to step into the unknown and the consequences that follow the realization of an unattainable dream.
I AM A WOMAN NOW, Michiel van Erp; 2011; The Netherlands; 86 min.

Playing with: AFTER TERMINAL VELOCITY; Clyde Petersen; 2012; USA; 2 min.
A response to the death of Transgender Activist Samantha Jane Dorsett, using stark animation.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 12:30pm.
Will-call opens at 12:30pm.

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AUSTIN UNBOUND

May 6 Northwest Film Forum 4:30pm

In some ways, AUSTIN UNBOUND is familiar: a transman grows up uncomfortable in his body and copes with loved ones through his transition. However, Austin is also Deaf. Through this unique documentary, he not only reveals his personal journey, but also a glimpse of the Deaf community and culture he holds dear. Charming and brash Austin travels from Portland (where he performs in a talent show fundraiser for his surgery) to California (on a road trip for the operation) and back home again to family and friends. AUSTIN UNBOUND is a touching portrait of a remarkable young man and an engaging experience for both hearing and deaf audiences.
AUSTIN UNBOUND, Eliza Greenwood & Sel Staley; 2011; US; 45 min.

Playing with: MIND, Emma Crimmings; 2011; Australia; 26 min.
Using writing and fantasy as a way of exploring the nature of identity acclaimed Tom Cho embarked on a profound personal transformation revisited in this wildly imaginative film. Winner Best Transgender Short Film at the 2011 SLGFF!

Watch the Trailer

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 12:30pm.
Will-call opens at 12:30pm.

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FACING MIRRORS

MAY 6 Northwest Film Forum 7:15pm

Northwest Premiere
The first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character, FACING MIRRORS is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and traditional beliefs. Rana drives a cab in order to survive financially and pay off the debt that keeps her husband in prison. By chance, she picks up Eddie, who’s on the run and desperately awaiting the passport he needs to leave the country. When the religious and inexperienced Rana learns that her wealthy passenger is FTM, conflicts arise, but could they eventually help each other out of their dire situations?
FACING MIRRORS , Negar Azarbayjani; 2011; Iran; 102 min.

Watch the Trailer

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office at NW Film Forum beginning at 12:30pm.
Will-call opens at 12:30pm.

Sponsors

INGERSOLL GENDER CENTER
NORTHWEST NETWORK
SEATTLE COUNSELING SERVICE
SEATTLE GAY NEWS
SOLO
SEATTLE GAY SCENE
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