“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.
We begin this installment with a 35mm print of Neil Jordan’s BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, in which an Irish orphan transcends hardship through a radical personal reinvention, becoming a glamourous trans teen named Kitten. EVERYDAY DIS/COMFORTS is a program of shorts that challenge not only the gender binary, but also narrative structure and notions of the everyday. The series will also feature special guests all weekend: Cary Cronenwett will present MAGGOTS AND MEN, which has become a trans classic, and Chet Pancake will host a screening of QUEER GENIUS on the weekend of the anniversary of Barbara Hammer’s death, as we collectively grieve, heal, and inspire.