Most Fridays, we take a break from the news for a few minutes to talk about the cultural events to discover during the weekend. This week the focus is on Translations: Seattle Trans Film Fest. KUOW’s Kim Malcolm spoke with the festival’s lead programmer, StormMiguel Florez.
StormMiguel Florez: Translations is one of the few film festivals in the world to center trans and non-binary films and stories. We’ve been around since 2006. It all started at Gender Odyssey, the gender conference in Seattle. This is the first year that we are a hybrid festival. We’re going to have a day of in-person screenings at the Northwest Film Forum, and then each film will be available virtually for people to watch across the United States.
This is an experimental documentary by director Nicola Mai, in collaboration with members of the Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo in Queens. They do work that advocates for the rights of trans Latina migrant women. I really like this film because the director worked with the participants to tell and act out their own story. It shines a light on their communities and how they support and teach each other, and not only survive but thrive together as a community.
This is director Chase Joynt’s latest film. This is another thrilling experimental documentary about a young trans woman named Agnes who entered a clinic for the study of sexual disorders at UCLA in 1958.
He also follows the records of other patients with similar stories from that time. These files and stories were discovered in 2017. The cast play these characters and are interviewed about playing these characters.
In addition to our feature films, we also have a block of short films. They’re all so wonderful, but I’m going to talk about the short comedy “How Not To Date While Trans.” This film is a hilarious and dark look at the love life of a young black trans woman and her three-date rule strategy.
The film features the director, Nyala Moon, who cleverly breaks the fourth wall throughout the film, with camera gazes to speak to the audience and guide us through her journey while projecting men on different dates. I’m really excited about Nyala. I think he’s someone to watch.
Listen to the interview by clicking the play button above.