Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival Streams May 6-9

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Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival streams May  6-9
Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival streams May 6-9  (Source:Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival)

The following is a press release from Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival:

One of a handful of dedicated transgender film festivals in the world, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival is back for its 16th year, online again after being one of the very first festivals to successfully pivot to the virtual realm last year.

"This year's Translations program highlights a diverse variety of trans perspectives and identities, and pushes the boundaries of what trans representation can look like," said Alanna Francis, Development Manager for Three Dollar Bill Cinema. "We believe in utilizing film to explode representation to not only include people within binaries but to evolve the societal normalization of the full spectrum of identities that create our LGBTQIA+ communities."

This year's festival will showcase over 50 films from countries including France, Brazil, Russian Federation, Iran, Portugal, Canada, Germany, Vietnam, Japan, Italy, Argentina, India, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

While we've seen tremendous gains around visibility and civil rights, trans and nonbinary folks, especially trans women of color, continue to be murdered at an alarming rate, and right now there are almost 90 pieces of anti-trans legislation being proposed across the country. "In the midst of so much darkness, we invite you to spend some time in the (spot)light and celebrate trans and nonbinary lives with us," said Translations co-lead programmer Mocha James Herrup.

Translations this year will have a number of panels including "Representing Trans History" with guests Susan Stryker (artist and activist) and Niko Storment (director of "Trans March"), and "Trans Masc Creatives" with host Jett Garrison (host of "TransCreatives") and guests Chase Joynt ("No Ordinary Man"), Amos Mac ("No Ordinary Man"), Marquise Vilsón ("No Ordinary Man"), Ryan Cassata ("Catcher in the Rye"), and Cal Calamia ("Projecting"), and a pre-festival virtual speed friending with a sneak peek of Kent-based artist collective U.T.O.P.I.A's "LEGO Harry Potter and the Transgender Witch."

The festival takes place from May 6-9. Tickets and passes are on sale now. All-access passes (included every festival film and program) are $75 for an individual and $100 per household. Discount passes for students, artists, and seniors are also available for $50. Individual tickets range from $5 - $35. All films and programs (except for livestreams) are available on-demand throughout the festival. The full program is available throughout the United States, and shorts programs and live events are available worldwide.

For the film lineup, film descriptions, tickets and passes, and more visit

Festival Highlights

Speed Friending
Sunday, May 2, 3:00 PM PST via Zoom (Pre-Festival)
A virtual get-to-know-ya event hosted by Kent based artist collective U.T.O.P.I.A who, in addition to emceeing the event, will sneak peek episodes from their upcoming series, "LEGO Harry Potter and the Transgender Witch."

Opening Night, May 6: No Ordinary Man
A groundbreaking and collaborative documentary about jazz musician and trans legend Billy Tipton by Canadian filmmakers Chase Joynt and Aisling Chin-Yee featuring trans influencers Marquise Vilsón, Zackary Drucker, Susan Stryker, Kate Bornstein, Ryan Cassata, and Jamison Green; Premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Live Q&A with cast and crew at 8PM PST viewable LIVE via Facebook, Youtube, and watch portal.

Trans Masc Creatives Panel
Sunday, May 9, 5:00 pm PST via Facebook, Youtube, and watch portal
Live panel with host Jett Garrison ("Truncle Jett") and guests Chase Joynt ("No Ordinary Man"), Amos Mac (No Ordinary Man"), Marquise Vilsón (No Ordinary Man"), Ryan Cassata ("Catcher in the Rye" mv), and Cal Calamia ("Projecting") -- will discuss this breakthrough year for trans masc folks and the challenges that lay ahead. Viewable live via Facebook, Youtube, and watch portal.

Representing Trans Histories Panel
Join host Cooper Sealy (Translations co-lead programmer) and guests Susan Stryker ("Genderation"), Scott Turner Schofield ("No Ordinary Man", and Niko Storment ("Trans March") as they discuss the documentation of trans histories through film. Included with purchase of "Genderation" ticket or pass.

Short Film Programs
Exciting and compelling shorts made by and about transgender experiences with melodramatic, historical, humorous, and genre bending approaches to life. Includes: "Oh! The Drama!," "Trans Joy,", "F*ck F*ascism," "QTBIPOC," "Fam Jam," "Global Arthouse," and "Genre Bending."

"Valentina" is a feel good Brazilian feature about a high school trans girl and her wonderful group of friends, starring trans YouTube influencer Thiessa Woinbackk, winner of Outstanding Performance Award at Outfest. Film includes pre-recorded interview with former Three Dollar Bill executive director Kathleen Mullen and director Cássio Pereira dos Santos.


Films with Seattle and Pacific Northwest Connections

"Four Fruitbites," dir Dave Quantic in "Trans Joy"
"Aromatics of Longing," dir Jade Wong in "Genre Bending"
"All Black Lives Matter," dir Gabrielle Grimm in "QTBIPOC" and "F*ck F*asicm"
"Satan's Tears," dir Andrew Lush in "QTBIPOC"
"Rotten Fruit," dir Lyr Casper in "Genre Bending"

Feature Films

"No Ordinary Man"
Streaming May 6-8 with live Q&A at 8:00 pm PST: Opening Night
(Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, 2020; Canada; 83 min)
This groundbreaking, collaborative doc is a creative look at the life of 1950s- and '60s-era American jazz musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton.

"Always Amber"
(Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen; 2020; Sweden; 76 min; in Swedish and Italian with English subtitles)
This intimate, observational doc is a rare, verite-style glimpse into the secret and public lives of teenagers, and the complicated webs they weave.

(Cássio Pereira dos Santos; 2020; Brazil; 95 min.; in Portugese with English subtitles)
Valentina and her mother Márcia find themselves on the move once again after the high-schooler is discovered to be trans.

"Drama Queen"
(Kay Nguyen; 2020; Vietnam; 91 min.; in Vietnamese with English subtitles)
One of just a few Asian films featuring a transwoman actor, this lighthearted, action-packed adventure stars Huong Giang (Miss International Queen 2018) as Duong, a struggling stunt person making barely enough to survive.

"Mom & M"
(Jena Burchick; 2021; USA; 60 min)
Nikki and Elise are a couple of bubbly queers who share their journey of becoming parents to their adopted daughter, Sansa, who struggles with leukemia.

(Monika Treut; 2021; Germany; 88 min)
In 1999, Monika Treut's "Gendernauts" was one of the first documentaries about the transgender movement in San Francisco. Twenty years later, the director seeks out the pioneers of that time.

"My Name is Baghdad"
(Caru Alves De Souza; 2020; Brazil; 96 min.; in Portugese with English subtitles)
In a working-class neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil, gender-defying teenager Baghdad trots around with skateboard in hand, socializing both with the boys at the local skate park and a fun-loving family of tough, emancipated women.

Short Film Programs

"Oh! The Drama!"
Exploring the depths of human emotion

"Trans Joy"
Celebrate the joy of trans life and community with these uplifting shorts!

"F*ck F*scism"
Get empowered with these collections of shorts that touch on the stories of resistance during our current global crisis

"Fam Jam"
Gather your fam close and share a screen to watch these stories of joy, discovery, and deep connection. Recommended for ages 13+; specific content advisories are in the film descriptions.

This international array of films explores the stories of "QTBIPOC" communities who refuse to remain in the margins of their own lives. Live Q&A with special local guests - creators of wonderfully heartwarming "Lego Harry Potter and the Transgender Witch!"

"Global Arthouse"
Dive into this collection of short films (with an international twist) that touch on gender identity, missed connections, chosen family, and more.

"Genre Bending"
Redefining what trans cinema can be, this program features trans and nonbinary directors who use experimental methods to explore themes of loss, desire, and resilience.

Panels & Live Events
All panels & events will be viewable live via Facebook, Youtube, and our watch portal

All workshops will be accessed through Zoom links sent to registrants ahead of the event.

Trans Masc Creatives (Live Sunday, May 9 at 5PM PST)

Representing Trans Histories (Pre-recorded w/ "Genderation")

Trans Families Panel (Pre-recorded w/ FAM JAM shorts program)

Speed Friending (Live Sunday, May 2 @ 3:00 PM PST via Zoom (Pre-Festival)

Filmmaker Networking Hour (Live Saturday, May 8 @ 5:00 pm PST via Zoom)

Tea Time (Live Friday, Saturday, and Sunday @ 10:00 am PST via Facebook & Instagram Live)

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