Anthology Film Archives


September 15 – September 25

This spring, Anthology inaugurated “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, the series showcases 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.

“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 presented by Adam Baran, Quito Ziegler, and the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project.

Special thanks to Adam Baran; Victoria Cruz; Michael DiCerto (Sony Pictures Classics); Harry Dodge; Felix Endara; Reinhild Feldhaus (Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion); David France; Jamila Hammami; Shine Louise Houston; Silas Howard; Gesa Knolle (Arsenal); Jiz Lee; Ulrike Ottinger; The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project; Kimberly Reed; Oliver Sage; Southerners On New Ground; Eric Stanley; Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore; L.A. Teodosio; Chris E. Vargas; Rosa von Praunheim; Markus Wessolowski (Deutsches Filminstitut); Todd Weiner & Steven Hill (UCLA); David Weissman; Alexis Whitham (Frameline); Jeffrey Winter (The Film Collaborative); and Quito Ziegler.

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