Anthology Film Archives


July 13 – July 20

Last year Anthology inaugurated “The Cinema of Gender Transgression” an extensive, ongoing series exploring the ways in which cinema has intersected with the experiences, struggles, and ideas of transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming lives and communities. Organized with the participation of a variety of guest curators, the series showcases contemporary films and videos that explore concepts related to gender transgression as well as films that have had historical resonance within and beyond these communities.

Transgender and gender-nonconforming issues hold a more prominent place in the national conversation today than ever before, though gender transgression and the experiences of these individuals have always existed. This series aims 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 the contemporary socio-political concerns of trans filmmakers and artists challenging the gender binary today.

This chapter of “The Cinema of Gender Transgression” includes two gender transgressive MADAME X’s, an all-female version of DELIVERANCE, and the first trans superhero film (from Indonesia no less), as well as several programs of new work by esteemed contemporary visionaries, many of whom will appear in person.

“The Cinema of Gender Transgression” is curated in collaboration with Joey Carducci and Madsen Minax. Throughout the series, guest curators contribute programs as well; this chapter features programs guest curated and presented by Oliver Sage and Devin Utah.

Special thanks to Phyllis Cohen (Berkeley Books of Paris); Oliver Sage; Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore; Devin Utah; and Geo Wyeth.

Special support provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Support has also been provided by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

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