Transtastic - Shorts Program
This crowd-pleasing collection of shorts places trans and gender nonconforming folks front and center in a celebration of locally-celebrated legends and internationally-known trans pioneers.
The evening starts off with Shawna Virago’s Last Night’s Sugar, a music video that tells the tale of late-night escapades and economic ruin. In the Fabled episode “D As in Delta,” a chance encounter with a hitchhiker leads to newfound liberation in the first episode of this modern fairytale anthology series. Take a stroll with Dropping Penny, a comedy about a day in the life of two trans dogwalkers in San Francisco. In the Self-Made Men episode “Showbiz,” Rocco Katastrophe and Amos Mac are joined by Murray Hill, inviting us into a world of universally relatable dreams and aspirations. Zackary Drucker’s Southern for Pussy finds a mother and daughter, played by Drucker (Transparent), discussing precisely that. After a few years absence, Evan returns one night to face his now-famous former bandmates, in We Forgot to Break Up. In the first two episodes of the T, a trans woman navigates a drunk night with her uncommitted best friend. Happy Birthday, Marsha!, a hybrid short doc featuring Film Independent Spirit Award winner Mya Taylor (Tangerine), imagines iconic transgender performer and activist, Marsha P. Johnson, in the hours before the historic night at Stonewall.
— KEVIN SCHAUB
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM
DIRECTOR Shawna Virago | 2017 | USA | 5m
A harrowing tale of late-night escapades and economic ruin, Last Night’s Sugar is the music video for the second single off of trans music pioneer and acoustic artist Shawna Virago’s critically acclaimed album Heaven Sent Delinquent.
DIRECTOR Jennifer Morrison | 2018 | USA | 14m
A chance encounter with a hitchhiker leads to newfound liberation in “D as in Delta,” the first episode of a modern fairytale anthology series that pays homage to classic fairytales while upending the traditional structure based on patriarchal gender norms.
DIRECTOR Jed Bell | 2018 | USA | 8m
This comedy is about a day in the life of two trans dogwalkers in San Francisco.
DIRECTOR Amy Goldstein | 2018 | USA | 8m
Two fierce, lovable visionaries—rapper Rocco Katastrophe and photographer Amos Mac, the force behind the most widely visited online transgender hub, Original Plumbing—invite us into a world of universally relatable dreams and aspirations.
DIRECTOR Zackary Drucker | 2018 | USA | 5m
Looking ahead to a world in which a protagonist’s transness is not the central crux of their story arc, this film simply finds a mother and daughter discussing pussy. Also written by the performers, this semi-autobiographical tale from Zackary Drucker (Transparent) presents an evolved relationship in which honesty is the only possibility.
DIRECTORS Deven Casey, Bea Cordelia & Daniel Kyri | 2017 | USA | 14m
In this sweet and insightful drama, a trans woman navigates a drunk night with her queer and uncommitted best friend, with whom she is in love.
DIRECTOR Chandler Levack | 2017 | Canada | 16m
After a few years’ absence, Evan unexpectedly returns one night to face his now-famous former bandmates. The surprise reunion is bittersweet, in this intimate depiction of the knotty complexities of relating to old friends after everything has changed.
DIRECTORS Reina Gossett & Sasha Wortzel | 2017 | USA | 14m
This hybrid short doc imagines iconic transgender performer and activist Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson in the hours before the 1969 Stonewall riots; it stars Independent Spirit Award winner Mya Taylor (Tangerine).
WITH SUPPORT FROM
Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco / Silicon Valley