Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival will mark its 10th year come May 7-10 with a great program of films, discussions, guests and live performances. Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few film festivals in the world that focus on providing a venue for films by, for and about transgender people. The festival began as a series of screenings at the Gender Odyssey Conference, and has blossomed into a full-on film festival.
Program highlights include:
- Opening Night event featuring “Game Face” with subject Fallon Fox in person. This inspiring documentary follows transgender mixed martial arts fighter Fallon Fox and gay Oklahoma college basketball player Terrence Clemens through an emotional and harrowing arc as they agonize whether, when, and how to come out and deal with the ramifications from the fans, allies, officials, and media after they do.
- The world premiere of Seattle-based band ManDate’s “Oral History,” featuring the talents of Clyde Petersen, Marc Mazique, Corey J. Brewer, and special guest Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne) on Saturday, May 9. This show will take you on a journey through the changing landscapes of Seattle, politics, queer history, and the strange and wonderful world of VHS tapes.
- Closing night with the award-winning new romantic comedy “Two 4 One.” Maureen Bradley’s debut feature (and winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at the Victoria Film Festival and Best Canadian Fiction Film at Available Light Film Festival) is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unlikely predicament.
Said Festival Director Sam Berliner: “It’s been quite the year for transgender folks in the media–from Laverne Cox making history as both the ﬁrst transgender actor to be nominated for an Emmy and the ﬁrst trans person on the cover of Time magazine; to Janet Mock’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Redefining Realness; to the TV series Transparent winning two Golden Globes; to 14-year-old Jazz Jennings becoming a nationally known activist, just to name a few. However, we are also enduring an epidemic of trans youth suicides, and facing staggering rates of violence at the hands of transphobia. The trans community has come so far and yet there’s so much more work to do. I hope that through the power of cinema we might change minds, educate, heal, and continue to celebrate our beautiful community.”