Anthology Film Archives


January 12 – January 12

“The Cinema of Gender Transgression: Trans Film” is an ongoing series exploring the ways in which the cinema intersects 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 celebrates a new collaboration with Stigma Unbound, an ongoing performance art series whose mission is to showcase the work of sex workers and allies. In our first screening of 2018, Stigma Unbound will be showcasing films by and about trans sex workers and allies.

Special thanks to Olivia Cream; Ian DeLeón; Skyler Fox; Kate Huh; Mad Kate; Charles Mallison; Madsen Minax; Marit Östberg; Tif Robinette; Oliver Sage; Carlos Galek Sefchovich; Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore; Alex Whelan; and Janae Williams.

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