SEATTLE - Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival returns May 8-11 with a provocative program of films, discussions, and live performances. Well-known figures Kate Bornstein and Rae Spoon are featured in two premiere films, while the touring production of 'THE NAKED I: INSIDE OUT' kicks off the festival with a diverse multi-media live performance.
'Film is a powerful medium,' says Sam Berliner, Translations Festival Director. 'Translations offers the opportunity to recognize ourselves on screen, which is an unbelievably affirming experience. We want everyone to see themselves in the movies and appreciate what Transgender stories have to offer.'
The festival will show dozens of films from around the world, including the dramas 'QUICK CHANGE' from the Philippines, the U.S. made 'BOY MEETS GIRL,' and the award winning 'OPEN UP TO ME' from Finland. A variety of perspectives and genres are highlighted in the short film programs 'TRANS TRIUMPHANT' and 'WHATEVER IT TAKES,' a collection of black trans films.
Opening Night of Translations will be held at the Harvard Exit Theatre (807 E. Roy St.) on Thursday, May 8, at 7:15 p.m., and the festival continues over the weekend at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.).
A FREE family program on Sunday, May 11, at 12:30 p.m., with the film 'A SELF-MADE MAN' is being presented in partnership with Gender Diversity.
For complete capsule listings, tickets, and a schedule of all films featured, visit http://translations.strangertickets.com or visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org
Ticket Information: Festival Pass: $65; Opening Night: $16 in advance, $20 at the door; Single Tickets: $10; Three Dollar Bill Cinema Members save $2 on full-price tickets; Youth and Senior Tickets: $8 - youth are 21 and under; seniors are 65 and over; please present ID at the box office.
'THE NAKED I: INSIDE OUT' (Opening Night, Thursday, May 8, Harvard Exit Theatre, 7:15 p.m.)
This LIVE! performance exploring Queer and Trans experiences through monologues, video clips, and spoken word has its West Coast premiere hot on the heels of an acclaimed sold-out run in Minneapolis. Over 75 LGBT and allied artists contributed to this production, featuring fresh voices and unique perspectives on what it means to identify oneself as Queer, Transgender, or gender nonconforming. As one audience member put it, 'These stories speak to our shared humanity.'
'MY PRAIRIE HOME' (Friday, May 9, Northwest Film Forum, 7:00 p.m.)
Come along for the ride in this musical celebration of Rae Spoon, the Canadian Transgender singer-songwriter of last year's hit Opening Night performance, 'GENDER FAILURE.' This playful documentary poetically intertwines music videos, interviews, and performances on a bus tour across the majestic Canadian prairie. Direct from its world premiere at Sundance!
'KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER AND PLEASANT DANGER' (Sunday, May 11, Northwest Film Forum, 7:15 p.m.)
What do Scientology, '80s shoulder pads, tattoos, activism, and gender theory have to do with one another? Nothing, unless you are entering the world of author, performer, and Transgender icon Kate Bornstein. This U.S. premiere captures the engaging, funny, and dangerous Bornstein and will leave you examining your own assumptions about gender, society, power, sexuality, and life.
'INTERSEXION' - with post-film discussion (Saturday, May 10, Northwest Film Forum, 2:30 p.m.)
What happens to babies who are born with ambiguous genitalia? In this heart-felt documentary, intersex individuals share their stories about navigating the male/female binary. Jane Goto from Advocates for Informed Choice will attend the screening and discuss the intersection between Transgender and Intersex experiences.
WHATEVER IT TAKES: BLACK TRANS SHORTS (Saturday, May 10, Northwest Film Forum, 12:30 p.m.)
Check out this collection of compelling stories highlighting three perspectives within the black community. Films shown include 'SHIRTS VS. SKINS,' 'NEIGHBORS, and 'THE INFAMOUS T.'
TRANS TRIUMPHANT SHORTS (May 10, Northwest Film Forum, 4:30 p.m.)
Creating Trans-specialized health care, being undocumented, living with Asperger's syndrome, and taking on the legal system are some of the issues addressed in this collection of films that chronicle the challenges facing our diverse community. They prove that Transgender people can overcome adversity and empower ourselves to be who we genuinely are.
About Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival
Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival. Translations is a groundbreaking film festival providing the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for and about Transgender people that encourages visibility and positive representations of Transgender issues. Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few Transgender film festivals in the world.
About Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Three Dollar Bill Cinema provides access to films by, for and about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and their families, creating a forum for LGBT filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. By producing the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival, curating themed screenings and presenting other programs in partnership with local arts, cultural and service delivery organizations, Three Dollar Bill Cinema strengthens, connects and reflects diverse communities through queer film and media. www.threedollarbillcinema.org
Courtesy of Three Dollar Bill Cinema
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