Transtastic


TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 83m
GENRE: Documentary | Female-to-Male | Gender | Genderqueer | Male-to-Female | Relationships | Transgender
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

This powerful collection lifts up images of trans and gender-nonconforming folks creating social change, revels in depicting transamorous relationships, and amplifies trans talent in front of and behind the cameras.

Umbrella tells the story of four individuals across the United States who are fighting for trans rights and representation amidst a rapidly challenging landscape. Jesse’s got a hot date, but it’s leak week…they just can’t seem to catch a break in The Curse. A shared love of photography brings together Emma (Pooya Mohseni) and a new romantic interest, Nate. The strength of their bond is tested After the Date. Under the shimmering lights of New York’s Ballroom scene, Hanna Kendricks is set to make her Femme Queen debut in Walk for Me. Writer-director Jake Graf (Dawn, Frameline40) returns with Dusk, a beautiful rumination on self-perception and lasting love set in 1950s England. Alex, a transgender teenager, struggles with a secret pregnancy and risks losing everything he loves in order to live courageously, in Get the Life. In the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán de Zaragoza, in southern Oaxaca, the world is not divided simply according to the gender binary, and Muxes are celebrated.

— DES BUFORD

This program contains scenes and discussions of violence.

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Umbrella

DIRECTOR Rhys Ernst | 2017 | USA | 15m
Umbrella tells the story of four transgender individuals across the country; they are united in their passion to create change and fighting for trans rights and representation amidst a rapidly challenging and changing landscape.

The Curse

DIRECTOR Danny Tayara | 2017 | USA | 4m
Jesse’s got a hot OkCupid date, but it’s leak week…they just can’t seem to catch a break.

After the Date

DIRECTOR Iris Devins | 2017 | USA | 15m
A shared love of photography brings together Emma (Pooya Mohseni) and a new romantic interest, Nate. The strength of their bond is tested after Emma experiences harassment by a police officer.

Walk For Me

DIRECTOR Elegance Bratton | 2016 | USA | 12m
Hanna Kendricks is set to make her Femme Queen debut under the shimmering lights of New York’s Ballroom scene.

Dusk

DIRECTOR Jake Graf | 2017 | UK | 15m
Writer-Director Jake Graf (Dawn, Frameline40) returns with a beautiful rumination on self-perception and lasting love set in 1950s England.

Get The Life

DIRECTOR Ozzy Villazòn | 2016 | USA | 12m
Alex, a transgender teenager, struggles with a secret pregnancy and risks losing everything he loves in order to live courageously, in Get the Life, produced as part of Film Independent’s Project Involve and written by Adelina Anthony (Bruising for Besos, Frameline40).

Muxes

DIRECTOR Ivan Olita | 2016 | USA | 10m | In Spanish with English subtitles
In the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán de Zaragoza, in southern Oaxaca, Mexico, the world is not divided simply according to the gender binary. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, muxes, individuals who were assigned male at birth but live their lives as women and are widely accepted and celebrated.

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Trans:Thrive