Anthology Film Archives


May 20 – May 24

“The Cinema of Gender Transgression” 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.

“The Cinema of Gender Transgression” is curated in collaboration with Joey Carducci and Angelo Madsen Minax. Throughout the series, guest curators contribute programs as well; in this installment, two filmmakers return to join us as guest curators. Devin Utah will present Brunna Laboissière’s first feature documentary, FABIANA, a portrait of a trans woman truck driver, and Frankie Symonds returns to present STOP, Jeff Preiss’s epic compilation of 16mm diary footage shot between 1995-2011, and emotionally anchored by his child’s heroically decisive transformation of gender expression. Preiss will be here in person as well, on Sunday, May 24.

The May chapter will also feature screenings of Stephen Winter’s deliriously entertaining underground masterpiece, CHOCOLATE BABIES (with Winter in person on May 22), as well as two films that have surely never shared space within the same film series: radical filmmaker Želimir Žilnik’s pioneering work of Serbian queer cinema, MARBLE ASS (1995), and the Michael J. Fox-starring teen classic, TEEN WOLF (1985), which is nothing if not a portrait of identity expression in transformation.

Special thanks to Oliver Sage, Frankie Symonds, Devin Utah and all the filmmakers, as well as to Eduardo Garretto Cerqueira (ZAG), Chris Chouinard (Park Circus), and Sarita Matijevic (Playground produkcija). 


Upcoming Screenings

  • Želimir Žilnik
    May 20 at 7:30 PM
    May 21 at 9:15 PM
  • Brunna Laboissière
    May 21 at 7:00 PM
    May 23 at 4:15 PM
  • Stephen Winter
    May 22 at 7:30 PM
    May 23 at 6:15 PM
  • Rod Daniel
    May 23 at 8:30 PM
    May 24 at 8:45 PM
  • Jeff Preiss
    May 24 at 5:45 PM

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