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Friday, May 13, 2011

Opening Night - Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival - Becoming Chaz

Tonight is the Opening Party for Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival.  We are so fortunate to have this event in our community!  The festival started last night with a free showing of Sold: Examining the T in TV Advertising.
2011 Translations
The 6th Annual Transgender Film Festival
May 12-15


Becoming Chaz is the highlighted film tonight and then it is party time!

A small sidenote:  I spent 5 hours yesterday creating posts on the film festival and posts for next week when blogspot 'went down'.  Today, I found NONE of my posts saved!  Yesterday they did and today they are gone-poof.  Therefore, I am hurriedly putting together the posts again, minus the glitz so at least the information is on the blog and emailed via the GayZette.  Ms T.

Becoming Chaz

Opening Night
Friday, May 13
7pm
AMC Pacific Place 
600 Pine Street (4th floor)
Seattle, WA 98101
Growing up as Sonny and Cher’s adorable golden-haired daughter in a body he felt wasn’t his own was a burden it took Chaz Bono years to transcend. BECOMING CHAZ invites us along on Chaz’s brave and remarkable journey of transformation. As hormone shots give way to top surgery, easy going and unflappable Chaz beams with a sense of liberation and goes public with his story, putting a very public face on a widely misunderstood issue. But with his gregarious girlfriend struggling with the new realities of living with a man, it’s made clear that sex change isn’t solely a physical transition.
Intimate and nakedly honest, the film reveals the humanity and courage it takes for Chaz to ultimately embrace his true self. His moving struggle will reverberate profoundly for anyone to whom authenticity matters.
BECOMING CHAZ, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato; 2011; USA; 80 min
Your ticket to Becoming Chaz includes an Opening Night Reception at the Sixth Avenue Inn.
Sixth Avenue Inn
2000 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Watch the trailer for Becoming Chaz
Buy Tickets to Becoming Chaz
Tickets
$50 for a festival pass
$10 Opening Night (includes post-screening reception)
$8 for single tickets
$6 for single tickets for Three Dollar Bill Cinema Members. Limit two tickets per member per screening.
$5 youth & senior discount (youth are 21 and under, seniors are 65 and over). Youth and Senior discount is only available day of show at the box office. Must present ID. 
Buy a Translations Festival Pass
All tickets are $1 more at the door. Buy in advance and save!
The box office at the venues opens 45 minutes before the first show of the day. At that time you can buy tickets for any screening taking place that day. Cash and credit accepted.

Thanks to Three Dollar Bill Cinema!

and to the Sponsors that make this event possible.

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Saturday's Films at Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival

Saturday's offerings at Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival are listed in detail and on the Seattle Announcements Calendar.  I love this film festival and always want to see them ALL!  Ms T.

Lost in the Crowd

Saturday, May 14
1pm
Northwest Film Forum
LOST IN THE CROWD follows a group of trans and queer youth living homeless in the streets of New York City, most having been rejected by their families. Shot over eight years, this groundbreaking documentary reveals the trials they must face fighting to survive in a world hostile to their very existence, and the dreams and desires that keep them alive.
LOST IN THE CROWD, Susi Graf; 2010; USA; 75 min
Watch the trailer for Lost in the Crowd
Buy Tickets to Lost in the Crowd
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Girl Inside Saturday, May 14
3pm
Northwest Film Forum
This beautiful,  heartwarming coming of age story is both an intimate portrait and a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a woman. Following 26-year-old Madison during a crucial three years of her transition from male to female, GIRL INSIDE tracks her emotional, intellectual and spiritual journey of self-discovery that is as important – if not more than – the physical journey of hormones and surgery. Sharing the spotlight is Vivien, Madison’s glamorous 80-year-old grandmother, who has taken on the job of advising her on all things feminine. While Vivien’s attempts to school Madison in old-fashioned codes of fashion and behavior are often hilarious, the juxtaposition of two vastly different experiences of womanhood, from very different generations, raises profound issues about the nature of gender, femininity and sexuality.
GIRL INSIDE, Maya Gallus; 2007; Canada; 70 min
Buy Tickets to Girl Inside
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This is Who I Am: Shorts

Saturday, May 14
4:30pm
Northwest Film Forum
This collection of short films range from the deeply personal to the lightly comic, with revelations and confrontations happening at home, at the boxing ring, and even in the forest. Strong local films and international gems create this entertaining mix of diverse identities.
MONSTER IN THE CLOSET, Sarah Rotella, 2009, Canada, 4 min
ROBIN HOOD IS SO GAY, Broch Bender & Oscar McNary, 2010, USA, 8 min
RING FREI, Tom Weller, 2010, Germany, 6 min
THE REST OF US, Maddie Davis, Alyssa Piraino, Daniel Tayara, 2010, USA, 4 min
GENDERBUSTERS, Sam Berliner, 2010, USA, 6 min
THE LUSTY GYPSIES, Nikki Lee Taylor, 2010, USA, 8 min
SPIRAL TRANSITION, Ewan Duarte, 2010, USA, 6 min
CHRIS, Don Bapst, 2009, Canada, 5 min
SALLY’S STORY, Mark Andersson, 2011, Australia, 21 min
Total running time: 70 min
Watch the trailer for Genderbusters
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Queen Bitch

Saturday, May 14
7:30pm
Northwest Film Forum
Emmanuel (Clément Hervieu-Léger) has always had bad luck stemming from the same predicament; a desperate desire for gender reassignment surgery.  So when a high risk underworld opportunity comes along that could score enough money to pay for her surgery, plus a first-class flight to Bangkok and a buttock lift to boot, Emmanuel leaps before looking.  Based on the French novel of Laurent Martin, this film noir thriller follows a desperate girl willing to do anything to change her luck and achieve her ultimate goal. 
QUEEN BITCH (La Reine Des Connes), Guillaume Nicloux; 2009; France; 60 min
Buy Tickets to Queen Bitch
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Gender Bender Singalong

Saturday, May 14
9pm
Northwest Film Forum
You’ll feel mighty real singing along to this lively extravaganza of music video hits from beloved queer icons and gender bending pop stars. From 70s disco to 80s new wave and today’s hottest artists, there’s a groove for everyone of any gender! Wear your dancing shoes and let your inner voice be seen and heard!
Buy Tickets to Gender Bender Singalong

Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival

May 12-15, 2011
Tickets
$50 for a festival pass
$10 Opening Night (includes post-screening reception)
$8 for single tickets
$6 for single tickets for Three Dollar Bill Cinema Members. Limit two tickets per member per screening.
$5 youth & senior discount (youth are 21 and under, seniors are 65 and over). Youth and Senior discount is only available day of show at the box office. Must present ID.
Buy a Translations Festival Pass
Tickets
$50 for a festival pass
$10 Opening Night (includes post-screening reception)
$8 for single tickets
$6 for single tickets for Three Dollar Bill Cinema Members. Limit two tickets per member per screening.
$5 youth & senior discount (youth are 21 and under, seniors are 65 and over). Youth and Senior discount is only available day of show at the box office. Must present ID. 
Buy a Translations Festival Pass

All tickets are $1 more at the door. Buy in advance and save!
The box office at the venues opens 45 minutes before the first show of the day. At that time you can buy tickets for any screening taking place that day. Cash and credit accepted.

Thanks to Three Dollar Bill Cinema!

 

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Sunday at Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival

Sunday the Film Festival finishes its last day with gripping topics.  I hope you have been able to see many of these films.  Ms T.
Translations:  The Seattle Transgender Film Festival

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Photos of Angie

Sunday, May 15
1pm
Northwest Film Forum
Crimes committed against people because of their gender identity, expression or status are all too common. What makes PHOTOS OF ANGIE unique is that this story doesn’t end with just another court case, but boldly goes where others leave off, exploring the transphobia of the killer himself and the culture that surrounds and supports it. PHOTOS OF ANGIE tells the complete story of what motivates this violence, providing more accurate and compelling insight that may one day help bring these crimes to a stop.
PHOTOS OF ANGIE, Alan Dominguez; 2011; USA; 55 min
Watch the trailer for Photos of Angie
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XXWHY: A Transgender Story

Sunday, May 15
3pm
Northwest Film Forum
XXWHY follows the thoughts and feelings of a young transgender man and his girlfriend living openly in India. Exploring his feelings about not having been born in a male body and the loss of experiences he yearns to have, the film is a very rare look at the life and culture of an Indian FTM making his way on the Asian continent. XXWHY was part of the specially curated KASHISH SHORTS 2010; eight Indian Queer Films from KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival that showcase the diversity of Indian queer experience and expression in contemporary times.
XXWHY: A TRANSGENDER STORY, Dr. Bharathy Manjula; 2008; India; 48 min
Playing with: REALNESS, David Barclay Moore; 2010; USA; 15 min
An African-American transman and his girlfriend talk upfront and personal about themselves and their relationship through his gender transition.
Buy Tickets to XXWhy
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Jewels of the Street

Sunday, May 15
4:30pm
Northwest Film Forum
Welcome to Schmuckstraße, which literally translates to Jewelry Road. This is where the 'Jewels Of The Street,' Eva, Kelly and a sorority of closely knit working girls earn a living in St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany.  Like a real life PRETTY WOMAN documentary, you’ll peek into the trials, tribulations and triumphs that these Venezuelan women endure to support one another.  The true gem of this documentary is the excellent cinematography and editing, drawing you into the girls’ stories and connecting with even their smallest victories.
JEWELS OF THE STREET, Rosa Baches, Dirk Manthey; 2010; Germany; 74 min
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He is My Girl

Sunday, May 15
7:30pm
Northwest Film Forum
Clarinetist Simon Eskenazy has so much going on that he can’t finish his Klezmer record. His ailing, hypochondriac mother wants to move in with him and his ex-wife Rosalie and their son suddenly resurface after 10 years. He’s also trying to seduce a young gay man while carrying on a relationship with Nair, a young transgender Arab. But it’s Nair who helps Simon get his life in order, first by becoming nurse to his mother, and then showing him what he’s really looking for. A wry, intelligent 'rom-com,' HE IS MY GIRL is a memorable story of lost souls finding love.
HE IS MY GIRL, Jean-Jacques Zilbermann; 2009; France; 100 min
Watch the trailer for He is My Girl
Buy Tickets to He is My Girl

Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival

May 12-15, 2011
Tickets
$50 for a festival pass
$10 Opening Night (includes post-screening reception)
$8 for single tickets
$6 for single tickets for Three Dollar Bill Cinema Members. Limit two tickets per member per screening.
$5 youth & senior discount (youth are 21 and under, seniors are 65 and over). Youth and Senior discount is only available day of show at the box office. Must present ID.
Buy a Translations Festival Pass
All tickets are $1 more at the door. Buy in advance and save!
The box office at the venues opens 45 minutes before the first show of the day. At that time you can buy tickets for any screening taking place that day. Cash and credit accepted.
Tickets
$50 for a festival pass
$10 Opening Night (includes post-screening reception)
$8 for single tickets
$6 for single tickets for Three Dollar Bill Cinema Members. Limit two tickets per member per screening.
$5 youth & senior discount (youth are 21 and under, seniors are 65 and over). Youth and Senior discount is only available day of show at the box office. Must present ID. 
Buy a Translations Festival Pass

All tickets are $1 more at the door. Buy in advance and save!
The box office at the venues opens 45 minutes before the first show of the day. At that time you can buy tickets for any screening taking place that day. Cash and credit accepted.

Thanks to Three Dollar Bill Cinema!

 

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