Frameline Distribution Acquires Sam Feder's First 2 Features

Mar 30, 2021

Frameline Distribution is honored and excited to announce that we've acquired all rights to Sam Feder's feature documentaries Boy I Am and Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger. Cited by Indiewire as one of the “exciting trans filmmakers shaking up Hollywood,” Sam’s films explore the intersection of visibility and politics along the lines of race, class, and gender in trans lives while working towards higher ethical standards in filmmaking. Both films will be made available on home video and more broadly on demand for later this year.

Sam has been a longtime member of the Frameline family, screening films in the Frameline 30, 39 and 44 programs and his latest film, Disclosure was a recipient of the Frameline Completion Fund Grant in 2020.

“.... Frameline is honored to be representing two wonderful films from Sam Feder, a filmmaker who has made an indelible mark on LGBTQ+ film in America’, says James Woolley, Frameline’s Executive Director. ‘Boy I Am and Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger are both wonderful documentaries exploring trans identity, and were loved by our Frameline festival audiences. We cannot wait for people to discover or rediscover these gems.”

Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger (2014), is a portrait of trans icon Kate Bornstein, the charming, ebullient self-described “transdyke” taking the viewer on a journey into the inner and outer life of the tattooed and pierced septuagenarian writer, actress, performance artist, cancer survivor, bon vivant. It was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by The Advocate, won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and multiple best feature film awards.

Boy I Am (2006) explores issues rarely touched upon in films portraying Trans male subjects, tackling the extreme feminist view of transitioning as an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege. This groundbreaking film opens up a dialog between the lesbian, feminist, and transgender communities while also promoting a better understanding of transgender issues for general audiences. Sam’s first feature, it was co-directed by Julie Hollar and positioned Sam as a vital voice nearly two decades ago.

Sam’s latest film, Disclosure (Sundance, 2020) is a Netflix Original Documentary offering an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. The film has made an outstanding impact on mainstream awareness and attention to Trans representation in the media.

“We are thrilled to be working with Sam, and to bring his films and extraordinary vison to a wider International and Commercial audience with our re-release this year.” says Lindsey Hodgson, Director of Distribution and Educational Programming. Frameline Distribution will begin digital site licensing for institutions and academia immediately and plans are underway for a larger commercial release in Q3 of this year.

For licensing or booking inquiries, please contact:

Lindsey Hodgson,  lhodgson@frameline.org
Director of Distribution & Educational Programming

About Kate Bornstein
Since 1989, trans trailblazer Kate Bornstein has—with humor and spunk—ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it. Today, Kate identifies as nonbinary: not a man, and not a woman—and she’s been writing about nonbinary gender identity for nearly thirty years. More info: http://katebornstein.com/

About Sam Feder
Sam’s films have been programmed by Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, CPH:DOX, MOMA PS-1, The British Film Institute, The Hammer Museum, and in hundreds of film festivals around the world. The Netflix Original Documentary, Disclosure (Sundance, 2020) is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Sam’s work has been supported by Ford/JustFilms, Fork Films, California Humanities, The Jerome Foundation, Perspective Fund, Threshold, IFP Film Week, Good Pitch USA/Doc Society, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo artist residence. More info https://www.samfederfilms.com/