Anthology Film Archives


March 22 – March 28

“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 individuals 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.

In this chapter of “The Cinema of Gender Transgression,” Suzie Silver will be joining us in person to present a retrospective of her multi-decade career, which has represented a vital contribution to the canon of queer and trans video and performance. We will also showcase a feature-length anthology in which cruising queers perform the hanky code, and recent films by Bruce LaBruce and Madsen Minax that invite us to escape into their alternate realities of feminist revolutionaries and otherworldly trans dreams.

“The Cinema of Gender Transgression” is curated in collaboration with Joey Carducci and Madsen Minax. Throughout the series, guest curators contribute programs as well.

Special thanks to Yance Ford, Bruce LaBruce, Elizabeth Olguin, Oliver Sage, Suzie Silver, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.

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

< Back to Series