Anthology Film Archives


November 9 – November 15

“The Cinema of Gender Transgression: Trans Film” is 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” features a historical film that provides a glimpse into the Canadian sex-worker rights movement of the 1980s; a genre-bending musical documentary about innovative performer and icon Rae Spoon; a program bringing together three queer experimental cinematic visionaries, past and present; and two guest-curated short film programs, showcasing contemporary trans cinema at its best.

“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 screenings guest curated and presented by Dorian Fraser and Finn Paul.

Special thanks to Dorian Fraser; Finn Paul; Oliver Sage; Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore; Devin Utah; and Michael DiCerto (Sony Pictures Classics).

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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