Anthology Film Archives

THE CINEMA OF GENDER TRANSGRESSION: TRANS FILM

April 14 – April 23

This spring Anthology inaugurates “The Cinema of Gender Transgression: Trans Film,” an extensive, ongoing series exploring the ways in which the cinema has intersected with the experiences, struggles, and ideas within the transgender community. Organized with the participation of a variety of guest curators, it will showcase historical films that have reflected or explored the concept of gender transgression as well as the growing body of works emerging from the transgender community itself.

Transgender issues hold a more prominent place in the national conversation today than ever before, though gender transgression and the experiences of transgender individuals have always existed. This series aims both to call attention to those films that dared to question gender norms in periods when even to broach the topic was considered controversial, and to provide a platform for contemporary transgender filmmakers, artists, and curators.

This opening chapter of “The Cinema of Gender Transgression” includes screenings of pioneering works by Ulrike Ottinger, Rosa von Praunheim, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Frank Simon, and Sally Potter; contemporary work by trans filmmakers and artists such as Ester Martin Bergsmark, Clyde Petersen, Geo Wyeth, and others; and very special appearances by award-winning writer, filmmaker, trans activist, and community organizer Reina Gossett, and legendary drag icon and trans activist, Flawless Sabrina!

“The Cinema of Gender Transgression” is curated in collaboration with Joey Carducci. Throughout the series, other guest curators will contribute programs as well; this chapter features screenings selected and presented by Sarah Mendelsohn and Lissette Favorite.

This series is presented in conjunction with the International Center of Photography’s exhibition, “Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change,” one section of which – curated by Carol Squiers in collaboration with Quito Ziegler – will be entitled, “The Fluidity of Gender”; the exhibition will be on display January 27-May 7, 2017.

Special thanks to Ester Martin Bergsmark; Michael DiCerto (Sony Pictures Classics); Lissette Favorite; Reinhild Feldhaus (Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion); Lou Goncalves; Reina Gossett; Gesa Knolle (Arsenal); Si Litvinoff; Sarah Mendelsohn; Annalise Ophelian; Ulrike Ottinger; Clyde Petersen; Rocío Romero Quintana (Mimbre Producciones); Shade Rupe; Oliver Sage; Veronika Schönherr (Studiocanal); Sara Stevenson (Goethe-Institut NY); Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore; Pauline Vermare & Nicole S. Restaino (ICP); Rosa von Praunheim; George Watson & Rod Rhule (BFI); and Quito Ziegler.

Upcoming Screenings

  • Annalise Ophelian
    MAJOR!
    April 14 at 7:30 PM
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    IN A YEAR OF 13 MOONS
    April 15 at 3:45 PM
    April 18 at 8:45 PM
    April 21 at 9:00 PM
  • Sally Potter
    ORLANDO
    April 15 at 6:30 PM
    April 19 at 9:15 PM
  • Ulrike Ottinger
    FREAK ORLANDO
    April 15 at 8:45 PM
    April 19 at 6:30 PM
  • Frank Simon
    THE QUEEN
    April 16 at 4:15 PM
    April 21 at 7:00 PM
  • Ester Martin Bergsmark
    SHE MALE SNAILS
    April 16 at 6:45 PM
  • Ester Martin Bergsmark
    SOMETHING MUST BREAK
    April 16 at 8:45 PM
    April 17 at 6:30 PM
  • Ester Martin Bergsmark, Mark Hammarberg, and Beatrice “Maggie” Andersson
    MAGGIE IN WONDERLAND
    April 17 at 9:15 PM
  • Clyde Petersen
    TORREY PINES
    April 18 at 6:45 PM
    April 23 at 8:30 PM
  • Camila José Donoso & Nicolás Videla
    NAOMI CAMPBEL
    April 20 at 7:15 PM
    April 23 at 4:30 PM
  • Rosa von Praunheim
    TRANSSEXUAL MENACE
    April 20 at 9:15 PM
    April 23 at 6:30 PM
  • Frederick Wiseman
    IN JACKSON HEIGHTS
    April 22 at 3:30 PM
  • GODOTHERS
    April 22 at 7:30 PM

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