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Gender Reel Festival Portland

September 19, 2013

GRlogoFINALWe’re so excited to host the Portland debut of the Gender Reel Festival this weekend, September 21st and 22nd.

Gender Reel is a film and art festival dedicated to trans* and gender non-conforming folks. The festival was founded in Philadelphia in 2010 with the goal of increasing the visibility, accessibility, awareness, and empowerment of trans* and gender non-conforming identities. This year Gender Reel has expanded to Minneapolis, Oakland, and, of course, Portland.

This year’s festival spans two days:

Saturday, September 21: Opening Night

  • 7 pm
    • A Night in the Woods
      • This horror/fantasy short film explores the possibilities for alliance-building between and among communities of color, specifically between trans/genderqueer people and cis-non-transgender women. Using the zombie genre as an allegory for the precarious and uncertain times we live in, it asks both whether and how trans communities of color, accustomed to going it alone, can ask for receive help from others, and what internal struggles must be resolved. This film won, “Best API Filmmaker.”
      • 2012, 9 minutes. Filmmaker: Alexander Lee
    • GRRRL (aka. Riot Grrl: The Self-Told Narrative) Trailer
      • GRRRL is an in-production documentary that explores Riot Grrrl from the initial spark to the modern day manifestations, mass media co-option and the long-term impact on greater society. Riot Grrrl lit the spark of third wave feminism. Riot Grrrl affected this culture, and the people within it, proving the strength of music as a vehicle for change.
      • In production, 10 minutes. Filmmakers: Young and Darling
    • Hello Mimi
      • This is the story of a transgender Asian woman who underwent her gender reassignment operation at the age of 58. The film explores her struggles with her gender identity and sexuality in the contexts of her relationships with family, work and society.
      • 2012, 31 minutes. Filmmaker: Dr. Petula Sik Ying Ho
  • 8 pm
  • Open mic – open to everyone, bring your talent!

Sunday, September 22

  • Admission: $10 (No one turned away for lack of funds)
  • Noon – Opening of house and introduction
  • 12:10 pm – Sensational Shorts
    • Change Over Time
      • An animated, experimental, personal documentary about the filmmakers first year on testosterone from an impressionistic and poetic perspective.
      • 2013, 7 minutes. Filmmaker: Ewan Duarte
    • Faggotgirl
      • This film follows the experience of a butch-dyke super hero action figure, named Faggotgirl.
      • 2013, 4 minutes. Filmmaker: Krissy Mahan
    • Dating Sucks: A Gender Queer Misadventure
      • The first episode in an animated documentary web-series about the successes, failures, and incredible confusion trying to date as a genderqueer/trans person.
      • 2013, 12 minutes. Filmmaker: Sam Berliner
  • 12:33 pm – Youth Shorts
    • 3 Queer Mice
      • This short animation is a remake of the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice. We find three very queer mice in a lot of trouble when their rights are being violated. Based on real stories.
      • 2007, 3 minutes. Filmmakers: Feliciano, Lam, Moscoso and Leu
    • There’s No Place Like Home
      • A public service announcement focusing on homelessness among LBGTQ youth.
      • 2009, 1 minute, Filmmakers: Casado, Vinson, Tejada, Hernandez, Bravo and Goodridge
    • Cover Up
      • What if you woke up one morning and found that glitter had spread across your face? What if you had to hide it? What if you were afraid? What if the LaLas ruled the world? What if the LaLas saw you? Glitter is not a crime! WHATCHAMACHALLITS DEMAND JUSTICE NOW! A group of queer youth made this video, “to call attention to the way people are marginalized (no matter if we’re LGBT, immigrants, minorities, etc.) even when no one is being explicit about it. We shouldn’t be accepted only if we cover up parts of ourselves-we should be supported and celebrated for being exactly as we are. We wanted to show how other queer youth who aren’t as visible and aren’t as harassed can stand up for those who are. We wanted to show how parents, teachers and principles can stand up for queer youth too.”
      • 2011, 11 minutes. Filmmakers: Diallo, Grannt, Guerrero and Mccleland
    • Deflated
      • A boy must decide between a deflated green ball and a bright pink ball in this fantastical tale of a boy’s gender crisis in the toy aisle of a super-store.
      • 2012, 5 minutes. Filmmaker: Dustin Shroff
    • Audrey Superhero
      • An experimental documentary, explores the shifting terrain of gender identity. The film includes vividly charged discussions with Audrey, who insists she is Superman, along with views of her obsessive role-playing during her daily life out in the “real,” world. Playful and arresting, Audrey de-cloaks from Clark Kent to Superman, revealing her “secret identity,” as a boy. She is as open as only a six year old could be.
      • 2010, 9 minutes. Filmmaker: Amy Jenkins
  • 1:03 pm
    • Out of the Box
      • Brittany is just your average doctoral student trying to make her way in the world, trying to belong and find meaning to life. Her acute Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is almost crippling as she tries to seek order out of her chaotic home life. Her younger brother Bodie, an aspiring undergraduate filmmaker, is gay. Tiffany, the youngest of the bunch, is happy go lucky and just wants to be a cheerleader and love everyone. The Matriarch of the clan is Lily, a trans woman trying to raise her family the best way she knows how. The audience through humor learns, much like Brittany’s character, there is “perfection in the imperfect.”
      • 2013, 21 minutes. Fimmaker: Jacque J.A. Steel
  • 1:30 pm
  • 2:15 pm
    • HISphoria: Trans, Male and Dysphoric
      • A heartrending documentary that tells the touching story of Christian Lovehall, a man of trans experience from Philadelphia, who shares his feelings about being pre-op and the medical attention he lacks, while taking audiences into his daily struggles with gender dysphoria- a persistent unease with having the physical characteristics of one’s assigned sex at birth, accompanied by strong identification with the other sex and gender and a desire to live as or become a member of the other sex and gender. This documentary that takes a look into the rarely documented symptoms related to gender dysphoria, clearing up misconceptions about trans* specific surgery and showing the courage, strength and effort it takes to live while suffering from gender dysphoria.
      • 2013, 15 minutes. Filmmaker: Christian Lovehall
  • 2:30 pm
    • Thick Relations
      • How does the old saying go? Blood is thicker than water. Or is it? Definitions of “family,” have typically been understood as a constellation of relationships fortified by blood and law, and an institution that preserves the primacy of heterosexual norms. This film, is a point of departure from these typical family conscriptions. It is a mediatation on the richness, creativity, diversity and alterity of queer kinship laboratory that privileges bloodless and lawless relations as the most crucial of bonds. Thick Relations is a chosen family affair.
      • 2012, 84 minutes. Filmmaker: Jules Rosskam
  • 4 pm
    • Gender Freak
      • Presented by Sistah Sinema, a monthly international screening event that showcases work by and for the queer women of color community. Rachel accepts Sammy into her band and they play the dance, where Rachel defends her friends against homophobic insults from the audience in front of the entire school.
      • 2012, 24 minutes. Filmmaker: Rebecca Louisell
  • 4:24 pm – Trans Women’s Stories from Around the Globe
    • When I Was A Boy I Was A Girl
      • Gogo is a transvestite in Belgrade, the capital city of a country where organizing or participating in a ay pride parade is forbidden. She is raising a daughter who is really her niece. Although her eighteen-year-old boyfriend steals the money that she risks her life to earn as a sex worker, Goga still loves him and manages to retain her sunny, open-minded nature. On her thirty-ninth birthday she decides to celebrate her coming-out on stage in front of a live audience, and so she tells them the story of her life: “When I was a boy, I was a girl.”
      • 2013, 30 minutes. Filmmaker: Todorovic
    • From Leonard to Leona
      • This documentary is about the life and work of Leona Lo. Born and raised in Singapore, Lo realized she was a trans woman at the age of 12. Often the target of discrimination due to her effeminate mannerism, she went to Thailand to have sexual reassignment surgery. With her new body and identity, she returned to Singapore only to find challenges in many aspects of her life, including employment, romance and family. This film takes a close look at Lo’s life in a society that is still coming to terms with the transgender community and other sexual minorities.
      • 2013, 36 minutes. Filmmaker: Larry Tung
    • Amanda
      • An intimate portrait of self-discovery. Using performance as therapy Amanda Monroe creates the woman she always wanted to be.
      • 2012, 58 minutes. Filmmaker: Linette Etheredge
  • 6:28 pm
    • The Ladies Room, followed by Q & A with the filmmaker Sunny Clark and lead Kitty Morena
      • Follow Kitty’s misadventures while she searchers for a safe public washroom.
      • 2013, 7 minutes. Filmmaker: Sunny Clark
  • 6:45 pm
    • Mix ‘n mingle

We look forward to seeing you at In Other Words on Saturday the 21st at 7 pm and Sunday the 22nd at noon. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event’s Facebook page.

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