The Seattle Transgender Film Festival
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival is a groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people and the issues facing the transgender community. Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few transgender film festivals in the world, and places emphasis on visibility and positive representations.
Translations is produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, an organization that strengthens, connects, and reflects diverse communities through queer film and media.
We recognize that the term transgender is an umbrella term that fits many different types of people, as well as not fitting some people at all. We strive to provide a place for the exploration of transgender identities and issues through cinema, as the community continues to evolve with time.
Translations is a four-day event that includes programs such as presentations, clip shows, discussions, premieres, and archival films.
Tired of impersonal dating apps? Looking for a way to meet other queer/trans folks in a friendly environment? Look no further! Join us for the fourth annual Trans Shorts & Speed Friending event for some fun movies, a friending activity with discussion prompts, and refreshments! Your new best friend could be right around the corner. Open to transgender, non-binary, gender-diverse people and allies.
UNBOXED: EPISODE 3: JACQUIE
Sam Matthews; 2018; Australia; 6 min. Seattle Premiere.
From the series Unboxed about gender-diverse artists, Australian painter and teacher Jacquie shares her experiences creating portraits and working with students.
Brit Fryer; 2014; USA; 8 min.
Director Brit Fryer lays bare his vulnerabilities in this poetic film that uses the camera to tell the coming of age of a transmasculine person of color.
Diana Khong; 2017; Canada; 10 min. Seattle Premiere.
Tattooing is dominated by white, cis, straight men, but Sally and Jasmine are making their way by creating their own spaces and being scrappy.
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Michael Bonner; 2018; Australia; 5 min.
As the camera pulls back in this performative documentary, Sereena, who confronts prejudice daily, invites us to watch. But what exactly gets revealed?
Fresh from its premiere at SXSW comes an incredibly timely film about Tina, a young transwoman, and her grandmother Eliana, as they navigate Tina’s transition and their struggle to build a life as undocumented immigrants in New York City.
This moving drama follows Aasha from childhood to maturity as she comes to terms with her gender identity and leaves her home and family to join a traditional transgender (Hijra) community.
Part road movie, part experimental animation, part found-footage collage, PATERNAL RITES takes its inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and filmmakers such as Jenni Olson and Marlon Riggs to deeply explore the American family and its false dreams of normalcy.
Da Quebrada, a black transwoman (and self-proclaimed bixa travesty, reclaiming the Portuguese for “tranny fag”) uses spoken word, rap, and high-energy dance to explore gender, race, and sexuality in Brazil’s urban slums.
Drawing from 15 years of archival home footage and personal video diaries, this visceral film documents Jason and Tracey’s unrelenting pursuit of parenthood.
Travel back in time to uncover stories from our collective transgender past.
YOUR HEART BREAKS: “OUR FORBIDDEN COUNTRY”
Wes Hurley & Vincent Pierce; 2019; USA; 4 min. World Premiere.
The newest music video from Your Heart Breaks (Clyde Petersen, WE’VE BEEN AROUND, Translations 2016; TORREY PINES, TWIST 2016) travels back in time to the forbidden world of queer hookups then and now.
MY GENDERATION: JOSIE & POPPY
Fox Fisher; 2018; UK; 5 min. US Premiere.
Josie and Poppy share their experiences, regrets, and hopes for the future in this candid and powerful discussion.
Jeanette Sears & Nicole Solomon; 2018; USA; 9 min. West Coast Premiere.
In this homage to STONE BUTCH BLUES, a ’60s-era queer couple return home after a bar raid that sparks moments of care and disconnection.
QUEENS AT HEART
Director: Unknown; 1967; USA; 22 min.
An unearthed archival 35mm print offers a rare and poignant glimpse into the lives of four transwomen living in pre-Stonewall New York City. Preserved as part of the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JACKIE SHANE?
Lauren Hortie & Sonya Reynolds; 2014; Canada; 8 min. Seattle Premiere.
Using shadow puppets, overhead animation, and stop-motion techniques, explore the little-known history of Jackie Shane–a flamboyant, black, queer musician whose 1963 hit song “Any Other Way” became an anthem to divas everywhere. And then she disappeared.
CHRISTINE IN THE CUTTING ROOM (EXCERPT)
Susan Stryker; 2012; USA; 4 min.
This nontraditional reimagining of Christine Jorgensen, who in 1952 became a celebrity after sex reassignment surgery, sets in-your-face archival footage to an electronica soundtrack.
SAFETY IN NUMBERS: A TRANS HISTORY
Melinda Friedman; 2018; Canada; 16 min. World Premiere.
This documentary explores the experiences of transgender pioneers during the 1950s and 1960s, and the voices of contemporary trans youth.
Chase Joynt & Kristen Schilt; 2018; Canada/USA; 20 min. West Coast Premiere.
With the recently uncovered files of 1950s transgender patients at UCLA Medical Center, today’s trans culture-makers Zackary Drucker (Transparent), Angelica Ross (HER STORY, Translations 2016), Silas Howard (BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, Translations 2016), Max Wolf Valerio (The Testosterone Files) and Chase Joynt (GENDERIZE, Translations 2017) travel back in time to breathe new life into these long-silenced pioneers.
Are you new to transgender concepts? Want to learn how to be a good ally? Join us for two short films, and then stick around for a presentation and discussion. Bring all your questions to this educational evening, and come away with a working vocabulary and a more solid understanding of how to be supportive to trans and gender-nonconforming folks!
GAVIN GRIMM VS.
Nadia Hallgren; 2017; USA; 19 min.
While many have heard of the groundbreaking Supreme Court case involving transgender bathroom rights, not many know about the student behind the case. This Webby Award–winning short gives a succinct, thoughtful look into the life of Gavin and his quest for justice.
TRANS IN AMERICA: TEXAS STRONG
Daresha Kyi & Cary Cronenwett; 2018; USA; 18 min.
Kimberly rejects her community’s religious beliefs as her seven-year-old transgender daughter Kai navigates life at school, where she’s been banned from the girls’ bathroom.
In this sci-fi film featuring a series of standalone short stories, black and brown transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary persons resist oppression with their extraordinary powers.
Featuring a cast of non-actors, HOLD ME LIKE BEFORE illustrates how everyday dramas can become symbolic guides for processing the recurring themes in our lives.
Manu (Manu Guevara), an eccentric trans immigrant living in France, plans on returning to her native Chile after 10 years of instability.
Bagpiper, film projectionist, and self-proclaimed shoe fetishist are only a few of the terms that describe Colleen, the captivating subject of this Australian documentary.
AUTHENTICALLY US: STORIES FROM THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY introduces viewers to a diverse group of transgender and gender-diverse people using interactive virtual reality (VR).
WE’RE STILL HERE
Aiden Crawford, a Two-Spirit artist and historian in Boise, Idaho, struggles to preserve his heritage and pass down the wisdom of his Two-Spirit elders.
SHE FLIES BY HER OWN WINGS
Shannon Scott, driven by the military tenet of “leave no one behind,” pulls the levers of democracy, urging freedom and justice for all—from the marbled halls of Washington DC to the hallowed ground trod by those who championed LGBTQ equality before her.
A TREASURED STATE
Acton Seibel, after returning home to Montana to transition, challenges those around him to see his true humanity. Through visibility, Acton embodies the notion that it is possible to live openly and safely in the communities we call home.
Couldn’t we all use some trans joy? Check out this radiant collection of trans people living their best lives, and leave with a smile on your face.
MY GENDERATION: I LOVE MY TRANS BODY
Fox Fisher; 2018; UK; 2 min. US Premiere.
Trans people reflect on their bodies and what makes them beautiful. A celebration of trans bodies in all their diversity.
Stuart Getty; 2017; USA; 16 min. Seattle Premiere.
Through honest and charismatic testimony across a spectrum of gender representations, races, and generations, this stylish documentary approaches gender and pronouns from historical and personal points of view.
Kai Tillman; 2017; USA; 9 min.
An investigation into how men pee.
FRAN THIS SUMMER
Mary Evangelista; 2018; USA; 10 min.
Francis and Angie are a young couple in love, spending much of their summer indoors as Francis begins their transition.
MY GENDERATION: SOME DADDIES ARE LADIES
Fox Fisher & Owl Fisher; 2018; UK; 1 min. US Premiere.
Transwoman and artist Emma Frankland and her son Jowan chat about what it means to have a transgender, gender-nonconforming, nonbinary parent.
BURTON BEFORE AND AFTER
Courtney Hermann; 2017; USA; 15 min.
Ever want to go back in time to meet your previous self? Burton puts his truth before his fear in this portrait of transition, memory, and friendship. Winner of Best Transgender Short Film, SQFF 2018.
Fox Fisher & Lewis Hancox; 2018; UK; 3 min. US Premiere.
Glaswegian Maki Yamazaki talks about community, friendship, and life as a transgender musician with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER
Kady Le; 2018; USA; 9 min.; in English and Vietnamese with English subtitles. Northwest Premiere.
Hoping to feel connected with her mother and her own budding identity, Robyn secretly tries on her mother’s áo dàis as they both prepare for the lunar new year.
SUPER QUEER FORCE: MISS GENDERING
Narci Smith; 2018; USA; 3 min. World Premiere.
When Rando Sally is misgendered at a supermarket, a group of queer superheroes magically appear to save the day.
Camille Schmoutz & Christine Chen; 2018; USA; 15 min. Northwest Premiere.
In the 1960s South, a gender-questioning teen steps out of their comfort zone and into a night of unexpected surprises in this beautifully designed, award-winning short.
In this documentary, Simone reveals how his choice to live more closely connected to nature and community in Umbria allowed him to finally accept himself and open up to love.
Jack and Yaya’s friendship rivals the closest of bonds. Neighbors since toddlerhood, they have a deep, supportive connection that ensures that they are never alone as they endure the many trials associated with being trans.