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2016 Film Festival 2017-08-11T16:34:37+00:00

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7:00 pm TransNation Jose Julio Sarria Award presentation to Miss Major Griffin Gracy (video acceptance speech)
(Q&A with Dirs. Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez)

MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. A veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist, Miss Major is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today, and MAJOR! Is also an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a widespread and systematic civil rights violation as well as a vibrant, personalized historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities brought together through activism and love.

Dirs. Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez, 2015, 85 mins

9:30 pm Special shorts program I curated by Zackary Drucker
New shorts and a tribute to Greer Lankton (With special guests Michelle Henley, Director Maro LaVia, actress, Paul Monroe, Carman Spoto and more)

Dir. Juan Carlos Zaldivar, 2016, Digital Presentation, 19 min.
“Soless” (Q&A w/ Dir. Carman Spoto)
Dir. Carman Spoto, 2016, DCP, 7 min.
“Diane from the Moon” (Los Angeles premiere + Q&A w/ Dirs. Hanna Ladoul & Marco La Via) Dir. Marco La Via & Hanna Ladoul, 2016, 11 min.

“The Contortionist” by Greer Lankton (introduction by Zackary Drucker + Special guest Paul Monroe (Lankton’s husband and archivist)

In the early ‘80s, when New York City’s East Village was teeming with the likes of Nan Goldin, Iggy Pop, and Cinema of Transgression founder Nick Zedd, artist Greer Lankton was making her dolls. Born Greg Lankton in the late-1950s Midwest, her obsession with high fashion and the Golden Age of Hollywood not only propelled her evolving identity expression and also the fantastical, transgressive realism that would become her hallmark as an artist. Lankton’s ambisexual creatures evoke reactions that swing between rejection and desire, holding up a mirror not just to her friends and muses but to her own inner conflicts of self-representation.

12:00 pm Female Trouble
After pushing the limits of filth to the Nth degree with the smash cult success of Pink Flamingos, “King of Bad Taste,” John Waters took it to O with this double-nasty, mascara-stained, good-girl-gone bad B-movie sendup/crime epic Female Trouble. Dawn Davenport (played by the paramountly influential Divine) ascends from humble beginnings as a petty, cha-cha heel-less swindler to a criminal whose cult of personality becomes equal to (then) contemporaries such as Manson, Tex Watson, or Richard Speck. Waters’ distorts the boundaries of crime and beauty to be spoken in the same “bad” breath, with the usual cast of Dreamlanders (Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, David Lochary) and one of the best theme songs of all time. Rat your hair, inject some liquid mascara, and put on your cha-cha heels for this under-appreciated Waters’ classic.
Dir. John Waters, 1974, 35mm, 89 min.


3:00 pm
Special industry panel with Geena Rocero and Allison Hoffman of Gender Proud Productions
Free admission
Geena Rocero and Allison Hoffman in conversation with Zackary Drucker

Geena Rocero and Allison Hoffman are founders of Gender Proud Productions, a new kind of production company: trans-focused and trans-specific, with a goal to use media to elevate justice and equality for the transgender community. Since its founding in 2014, content produced by Gender Proud has been viewed over 5 million times. In conversation with Zackary Drucker, Rocero and Hoffman focus on what it means to start and run a successful trans-specific production company, produce and sell trans-focused content, and find an audience. Filmmakers, talent, and the general public are encouraged to attend.

5 pm
La Visita
A Bergman-esque masterwork of familial drama, Mauricio López Fernández’s La Visita presents an eerily calm, civil look at what happens to a conservative Chilean family when their prodigal son returns as a woman, for her father’s funeral. Anchored by an unshakable performance from Daniela Vega as the wayward child, and imbued with the patience, understanding, maturity and most importantly, comedic instincts, of familial drama-obsessed filmmakers such as Arnaud Desplechin and Aki Kaurismäki, La Visita feels far more like the work of a seasoned filmmaker than a debut.
Dir. Mauricio López Fernández, 2014, DCP, 82 min.

6:30 pm
Green room/ VIP pre-reception

7:15 pm Special Shorts Program II (curated by Zackary Drucker w/ special guests Silas Howard, Jen Richards, Giselle Messina, Mia Yamamoto,Rain Valdez and more!)

More than T—Sneak preview! (23 mins)
(Dir. Silas Howard, 2016)

Elliot King Is Third
(Director Rose Troche, 2013, 20 mins)

Technical Difficulties of Intimacy (LA premiere!)
(Dir. Joel Moffett, 2015, 20 mins)

Ryans (Dir. Rain Valdez, 14:00)

9:15 pm
The Queen + Queens at Heart (w/ special guest Flawless Sabrina!)
The drag queens of the Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant in NYC burst off the screen in this quintessential 1967 documentary. The spark that would lead to Paris Is Burning, The Queen is a tragically underseen and vital piece of the story of drag in America. The film transports us beyond the pageant to backstage, where the contestants dive into conversations on sexual identity, draft boards, sex change operations, and more. With judges including Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, and Jackie Curtis, we dare you to resist these queens and this delectable slice of late 60s drag panoply–on a rare 35mm print!
Dir. Frank Simon, 1968, 35mm, 68 min.

A rare archival short, Queens at Heart follows four shockingly courageous pre-Stonewall trans women, Misty, Vicky, Sonja, and Simone, who go out as women at night, but live as men during the day, take hormones, and dream of “going for a change.” Subjected to a six-month psychological project and cross-examined by dubious “experts,” the women are incredibly captivating –whether being interrogated or partying at the ball.
-Jenni Olson
Dir, 1967, 35mm, 22 min.

11:59 pm Something Must Break
A thirst-quenching-ly fresh take on youthful restlessness and transgressive romance, transgender filmmaker Ester Martin Bergsmark’s (She Male Snails) Something Must Break is an assured, artful meditation, stunningly lensed and steeped in morphing ideals of gender fluidity. With a trance/dance-inducing soundtrack by Tami Tamaki and Olof Dreijer (of The Knife), starring performance artist Iggy Malmborg and Saga Becker in a shockingly candid performance as protagonist Sebastian/Ellie—Something manages to be aggressively punk in attitude, transgressive in execution, while wearing its heart firmly on its sleeve with lines like, “You’re so beautiful I want to vomit.”
Dir. Ester Martin Bergsmark, 2014, DCP, 85 min.


4:15 pm
In a Year With 13 Moons
Fassbinder’s second best film (by his own estimation), In a Year With 13 Moons tells the story of a few days in the life of Elvira, a trans woman–formerly Erwin–and her dealings with the past as she comes to terms with her present. Drawing heavily from Hans Christian Andersen’s 1836 The Little Mermaid, Goethe’s Torquato Tasso, and Schopenhauer’s affirmational musings on suicide, 13 Moons is one of the greatest achievements of his absurdly prolific, all-too-short career. This is his only film for which Fassbinder served as director, editor, producer, writer and set designer–making this arguably the closest to pure, uncut Fassbinder the world was ever given. Dark and honest, In A Year with 13 Moons remains a universally relatable, melancholic lament for human closeness, and that elusive thing called love.
Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978, 35mm, 124 min.

7:00 pm TransNation Sylvia Rivera Award presented to Tiq Milan
FREE Cece!
(Q&A with director Jacqueline Gares, Diana Olivia from St. John’s Transgender program)
Free CeCe! follows CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman of color who was imprisoned after surviving a racist and transphobic attack in Minneapolis in 2011. Exploring her incarceration, eventual release, and life after imprisonment–as an activist and prison abolitionist–Jacqueline Gares and Laverne Cox’s hugely significant film is one of indomitable spirit; boldly confrontational in the face of systematic injustice.
-Laura Nicholson
Dir. Jacqueline Gares, 2016, DCP, 100 min.

9:30 pm Holly Woodlawn Tribute presented by Zackary Drucker (90 mins)
With very special guests!
Before being famously canonized in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” and Paul Morrissey’s Trash and Women in Revolt, Puerto Rican superstar Holly Woodlawn hitchhiked in her high heels from the Miami she’d always called home to an early-’60s New York City, where she subsequently fell in with Warhol’s Factory crowd, dabbled with substance abuse and petty public crimes, and emerged a singular figure, worthy of legend. Before her death in late 2015, Woodlawn had appeared in over two dozen films, firmly cementing herself as a vocal, visible figure within and for the active queer communities on both coasts. A specially curated Cinefamily original mix tape of film appearances, talk show moments and candid interview segments, along with additional Woodlawn wonders, will narrate the life of a trans legend too-soon gone from the glittering, fabulous screen.

11:45 pm Wildness
Special guests to be announced!
A disembodied voice beckons us deep into the rich history of the Silver Platter, Los Angeles’s longest-standing gay bar, the lifeblood–and a lifeline–for the mostly Latino LGBT community of MacArthur Park. Club regulars address their warm sense of family alongside the continued plight of undocumented workers, alluding to the activism sometimes necessary to maintain the safety of an oft-maligned community. When a younger generation, their interest piqued by the club’s decades of history, wild energy and spirit, moves in on the sacred grounds of the pioneers of Latino queer nightlife, will the vanguard embrace the changes inherent in an exuberant new wave? The Silver Platter suggests there’s room within her walls for everyone.
Dir. Wu Tsang, 2012, Digital Presentation, 73 min.