Andrew Robbins and Laura Horak of the Transgender Media Portal have co-curated a short film program, “TransFormation, TransAction” for the online Aesthetica Short Film Festival based in York, UK.
The festival is not geo-blocked.
Discussions of transgender film are usually dominated by representations of trans people, not those made by trans people. The Transgender Media Portal makes audiovisual work by trans people more available for creators, activists and audiences. This programme features an exciting and eclectic mix of films made by trans, Two-Spirit, nonbinary, intersex and gender- nonconforming artists, with an emphasis on Black and Indigenous individuals, as well as creators-of-colour, offering meditations on oppression, resistance and imagination.
Curated by: Andrew Robbins and Laura Horak
Reviving the Roost
Canada, Vivek Shraya, 2019, 6 min.
Filmmaker and bestselling author Vivek Shraya’s ode to a popular Edmonton gay bar that closed in 2007. With pulsating neon-light animation, Reviving the Roost is about community.
Honor Black Trans Womxn!
US, Seyi Adebanjo & The NY Transgender Advocacy Group, 2019, 6 min.
This is a call to center Black Trans Womxn, protect and celebrate Black Trans Womxn. What would it look like if Black Trans Womxn were allowed to thrive?Protect Black Trans Womxn
Love Black Trans Womxn
Celebrate Black Trans Womxn
We’ve Been Around: Lou Sullivan
US, Rhys Ernst, 2016, 4 min.
We’ve Been Around is series of documentary shorts that chronicle the lives of six individuals. This episode recounts the life of Lou Sullivan, a pioneering transgender gay man and AIDS activist.
US, Nava Mau, 2019, 12 min.
A young trans woman is pursued by a potential lover at a party. As she balances concerns for her safety and desire for intimacy, she must gure out what she wants before she can go for it.
It’s Not Your Fault
Canada, Raven Davis, 2015, 4 min.
It’s Not Your Fault honours women, 2Spirit folks and children across Turtle Island whose lives have been taken and those who have not been able to escape their abusers and perpetrators.
Demian Diné Yazhi’, 2015, USA, 5 min.
A short film about cruising as an Indigenous Queer. Indigenous Luvvv creates a crucial space for Indigenous Queer studies whilst critiquing elements of Western homo/Queer culture.
Canada, Chase Joynt, 2018, 20 min.
In 2017, trans artists gained access to a 1950s archive of never-before-seen life histories of transgender people. Through reenactment and documentary, they revive the past.