The Transgender Media Portal co-presents the GENRE BENDING shorts program at Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival.
Streaming May 6-9 throughout the world!
About the GENRE BENDING program: Mainstream media representations of trans and nonbinary people too often tell sensationalized, one-dimensional medical and social transition stories that cater to a voyeuristic cis gaze. Challenging this myopic vision and 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.
Lyr Casper; 2020; USA; 6 min.
An audiovisual poem in five stanzas. What does it mean to have a body? What can a body do?
WAKE UP WITH A FLOWER IN MY HAND
Malic Amalya; 2021; USA; 9 min.
Using all original footage, this is a 25-year anniversary remix of an episode of “Killer Janitors,” created by high school sophomore outcasts Kasten Searles and Mothra (aka Malic Amalya), which aired on cable access TV.
PUT THE BRIGHTS ON
Raymond Rea; 2021; USA; 17 min.
This experimental documentary, recorded and shot in “Greater Minnesota,” uses edited interviews with rural trans subjects, found footage, and original 16mm and S8 visuals to give voice to people who prefer not to live in the city.
Louise Sautron; 2020; France; 3 min.
A blend of sound, images, and text invites us into an intimate conversation that reminds us that self-acceptance is an act of resistance.
TO THE FARMHOUSE
Sarah Hill; 2021; USA; 11 min.
This stop-motion animation depicts a personal journey through loss, rejection, abuse, and religious dogma that ultimately leads to reclamation and healing.
AROMATICS OF LONGING
Jade Wong 黃品蓉; 2021; USA; 14 min.
Ending a long-term relationship with a birth control implant prompts a diaristic rumination on the passing of time and bodily change—all while spatchcocking and roasting a chicken.
LOVE YOU FOREVER
Sepand Mashiahof, Sepehr Mashiahof, and Hana Harada; 2020; USA; 21 min.
Dismantling monstrous tropes imposed on trans bodies, this experimental horror film repurposes light, sound, and movement to create an ethereal time loop of fear and alienation in contrast to the omniscient and resilient bond between two sisters.
Check out the other trans films at Translations!