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posted Friday, May 13, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 19
Sixth annual Translations Film Festival brings premieres to Seattle
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Sixth annual Translations Film Festival brings premieres to Seattle

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

Translations:
The Seattle
Transgender
Film Festival
May 12-15
Various locations


The sixth annual Translations Film Festival begins with a bang, with Friday's local premiere of the Chaz Bono documentary Becoming Chaz at downtown Seattle's AMC Pacific Place Cinemas. The film chronicles Sonny and Cher's famous golden-haired daughter Chastity Bono's semi-recent gender transition into Chaz, showcasing the ups, downs, and stresses this journey placed upon mother and child.

'It's extremely important for us to present film that's made for and about the Transgender community,' said Three Dollar Bill Cinema programming director Jason Plourde. 'We're thrilled that Translations is becoming more successful each year [and] we feel there is plenty of room to grow as we try to connect with audiences that we know will appreciate the great films in the festival.'

'We have to thank our friends at AMC Pacific Place for giving us the opportunity to open the festival in such a deluxe venue,' he continued. 'Showing Becoming Chaz, a documentary about possibly the most high-profile Transgender person in the U.S. as our first film, is also an honor. The Northwest Film Forum also continues to provide a prominent space for the rest of the festival, which will include films from around the world as well as unique events like the Gender Bender Sing-Along.'

The three-day schedule is arguably the festival's most diverse yet, which explains Jason's noticeable enthusiasm. 'The whole lineup is incredible,' he said happily. 'I'm really looking forward to Queen Bitch, a kind of modern film noir, as well as the moving and important Photos of Angie and the shorts collection, which includes the local work This Is Who I Am. And the Gender Bender Sing-Along is [sure] to be a fun event audiences won't want to miss.'

The programming director foresees the Translations Film Festival growing even larger in the future, but he doesn't foresee a day when this celebration of Transgender themes and filmmakers will steal any of the thunder from Three Dollar Bill's signature event, October's annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

'Translations is the result of several months work by a small and committed staff,' explained Jason. 'We've developed a great balance between our two biggest festivals [and] I don't think that Translations or the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival detract from each other at all, and in fact, they compliment each other very well.'

'I want people to see the diversity of the Transgender experience. I hope [Translations] encourages discussion and action on crucial issues as well as entertains. I look forward to the festival getting bigger and better every year.'

Individual advance tickets are $6 for Three Dollar Bill Cinema members and $8 for non-members. Opening-night film and reception tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. All tickets are $1 more at the door. The Translations Festival Pass, which includes all 11 programs, is $50. For complete capsule listings and a schedule of all films featured, visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org.

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