This summer made it clear what a standout year it’s been for trans films.
Although gay Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses may not be familiar to most, his tale is one of national renown, textbook cynicism, outrage, and reclusiveness.
Out Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn opens up about being a gay person of faith in a new documentary about LGBT Mormons.
Level Ground looks to create safe spaces for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality, using art exhibits and an annual film festival.
Even after escaping Iran, two gay men awaiting asylum are unwilling to show their faces on camera in a first-of-its-kind documentary.
Growing up Mormon, Tyler Glenn “never really associated being gay with happy thoughts,” sharing that “It was always something I always had to hide.”
It’s about time that a multifaceted and diverse representation of trans themes, stories, and characters that mirror, validate, educate, and empower trans folks are being expressed and seen through the medium of film/media! Trans Cinema is hot, here, and now! More trans stories are expressed in film/media than ever before. As a queer, trans filmmaker and artist, I am excited to see so many empowering new trans films being made! During Frameline38: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, I saw several amazing, diverse, and riveting trans feature films; Kumu Hina, Drunktown’s Finest, 52 Tuesdays, andSomething Must Break as well as two trans shorts film programs; Transtastic! and The City Of Shy Hunters. The City Of Shy Hunters is a new trans shorts program that focuses solely on trans masculine films. This was the first year that it debuted at Frameline38.This year at Frameline38, I didn’t have a chance to see every single trans feature film. Where as in years past, I did see every trans feature film on the festival line-up as well as Transtastic!, the trans shorts program, curated by the talented and wonderful Shawna Virago and The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Virago is a San Francisco based transgender musician, writer, performer and the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Some of my highlights from this year’s Transtastic! line-up were Who Do You Think You Are? A narrative French short film by Marie Loustalot. I resonated with the trans protagonist, enjoyed the story, sound design, and the pacing of the film. I would like to see this short made into a feature. I am partial towards French Cinema; contemporary as well as the French New Wave.Transforming Family, directed by Canadian, Remy Huberdeau is a diverse, educational, and fascinating short documentary about trans and gender fluid parents or parents-to-be in contemporary North American society. I found every interview authentic and it was very insightful to hear the first hand point of view of trans and gender fluid parents and parents-to-be. Transforming Family is the first film that I’ve seen that explores a diverse range of experiences and subjects exploring the themes of family from the perspective of parents and parents-to-be with the complexities of trans and gender fluid identities. It is a subject that needs to be explored more in cinema. It’s an educational documentary for all that view it. For me as an insider and filmmaker of trans cinema, I learned from watching this documentary. I would love to see Transforming Family made into a feature. I appreciate that the subjects interviewed shared a diverse range of experiences.Another wonderful Canadian short film by Artist/Director Iris Moore is Beyond The Mirror’s Gaze. Beyond The Mirror’s Gaze is a whimsical, tender, and imaginative animation. I love the style of the animation and the interchanging of body parts; facial features, eyes, and genitalia, to show the playful explorations of gender, desire, and identity in this sweet and short documentary. Gender Games, directed by Veronica Lopez and Meg Smaker is about a middle-aged trans woman who after a 30-year absence returns to college and joins the women’s basketball team. I really enjoyed this documentary that touched upon themes of aging, acceptance, and making a commitment to what one is passionate about and doing it. It’s an inspiring and insightful documentary that stands solidly on its own as a short film.Click the title for the full article.
Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program will be taking place at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art from July 10 - July 21.
Rick Flynn says his own struggles with sexuality influenced his decision to direct and produce “Golf Alpha Yankee,” a controversial new documentary about gay Iranian refugees.
This year’s Outfest features more than 150 films. The Advocate has chosen 27 of our favorites.
This week I talked with filmmaker Alexia Kosmider about her new documentary, TransJourney, which follows Sandra on her cross-country journey to share in the life of her child, formerly her son, now her “new” daughter Annabelle….
Gauging from the reactions to our first two collections of 12 mind-blowing documentaries to watch on Netflix, it’s about time for another set.
A comic book based on a bisexual superhero is to be made directed by two female directors.
DJ and model Ruby Rose recently opened up about her fluid gender identity after releasing a moving, semi-autobiographical film, ‘Break Free.’
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