Transtastic!


100m
GENRE: Activism | Aging/Elders | Animation | Asian American | BDSM | Biography/History | Black/African American | Comedy | Coming Out | Dance | Death/Dying | Discrimination | Domestic Abuse | Drama | East Asian | Gender | Health/Medicine | Immigration/Exile | Latinx | Mental Health | Music/Music Videos | Non-binary | Pacific Islander | Parenting/Family | Politics | Polyamory | Racism | Relationships | Romance | Sexuality | South Asian | South East Asian | Theatre/Performance Art | Trans Men/Transmasculine | Trans Women/Transfeminine | Transgender | Youth (18 & Under)
SECTION: Shorts | Streaming

What do a knitting Godzilla stop-motion, digging a massive hole in the middle of a theater, navigating a student visa during COVID, and an open relationship all have in common? They’re all TRANSTASTIC!

– SAM BERLINER

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Coming Out

DIRECTOR Cressa Maeve Beer | 2020 | USA | 2m

This stop-motion animation reminds us that it is everyone’s job, even Godzilla, to protect trans kids. Watch Trailer

Walking Progress

DIRECTORS Fox Fisher & Rowyn Judd | 2020 | UK | 4m

Mixing pre-op and post-op footage of the same dance, this music video highlights the joy of reclaiming one’s trans body and recognizing oneself as a continual work in progress.

Four FruitBites

DIRECTOR Dave Quantic | 2021 | USA | 8m

An introduction to four unique queer, trans, and genderqueer voices as featured in the Fruitbowl Podcast.

F1-100

DIRECTOR Emory Chao Johnson | 2021 | USA | 13m

Art, animation, archival footage, and digital video are interwoven in this transnational meditation through time and space of an international art student carrying a heavy burden.

Honor Black Trans Womxn!

DIRECTOR Seyi Adebanjo | 2019 | USA | 6m

This is a call to center, protect, love, and celebrate Black Trans Womxn. What would it look like if Black Trans Womxn were allowed to thrive?

The Rogers

DIRECTORS Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer | 2020 | USA | 16m | In English and Samoan with English subtitles

An intimate glimpse of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands: the Rogers of Samoa. From the loneliness of family rejection and homelessness to the camaraderie of church, cooking, and dance, their stories reveal the challenges and possibilities of life in an island society rooted in culture and tradition.

Joychild

DIRECTOR Aurora Brachman | 2020 | USA | 6m

A young child tells their mother “I’m not a girl” for the first time. Watch Trailer

We Dig!

DIRECTOR Fox Fisher | 2019 | UK | 10m

Built from conversations with trans women and transfeminine people around the world, the play We Dig by Emma Frankland and Company centers around the actual excavation of a giant hole in the historic Ovalhouse Theatre—a literal representation of a queer community needing to bury itself for protection. Watch Trailer

Kind Of

DIRECTOR Noah Schamus | 2020 | USA | 9m

With only a few minutes before their friends arrive for brunch, two transmasculine folks in a newly open relationship take a deep dive into their feelings. Watch Trailer

Shedding Skin (Escamas)

DIRECTOR Katherina Harder Sacre | 2020 | Spain | 17m | In Spanish with English subtitles

After an accidental first meeting, unlikely friends Alicia and Lucia form a unique bond, allowing them both to begin to accept and celebrate their different bodies. Watch Trailer

We, Them

DIRECTOR Michelle Do | 2020 | USA | 3m

A couple talks through their concerns before a dinner with parents where they will reveal their true selves. A reminder to us all that we are beautiful.

To the Future, With Love

DIRECTOR Shaleece Haas | 2021 | USA | 6m | World Premiere

An animated self-portrait of 19-year-old Hunter “Pixel” Jimenez, a nonbinary trans boy caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever after with his long-distance boyfriend Damienne.

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 6:30pm PDT Wed, Jun 23.

SPONSORED BY
Gilead

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Our Transgender Home San Francisco

NATIONAL PARTNERS
Transcend Charlotte