A sizzling, diverse, international and defiantly unapologetic short film programme which explores trans joy, love, desire, and community by trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming filmmakers. Get over it, get behind it, get into it!
Curated by filmmaker Campbell X. See also Transfinite in this related film series.
Films in the programme are:
Dir. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
A re-imagining of the story of the four stones on Wakiki Beach which stand as a tribute to the Mahu. The Mahu are individuals of dual male and female spirit, who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings indigneous queer history to light.
Reviving the Roost
Dir. Vivek Shraya
Filmmaker and bestselling author Vivek Shraya’s ode to a popular gay bar in Canada that closed in 2007. With pulsating neon-light animation, Reviving the Roost is a story about community, complexity and longing.
Dir. Hugo Kenzo, Sophia Shek
Singer-songwriter Vincy resists white queer beauty ideals in order to embrace their Asian non-binary trans identity.
Dir. Campbell X
A meditation on the desire for people who have been assigned female at birth but now define as non-binary, masc, gender non-conforming, transmen, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, queer. Moving and vulnerable testimonies of loving queer masculinities often erased by dominant mainstream and LGBTQI culture and media.
Dir. Evan James Benally Atwood, Princess Bouton
Who’s responsible for honouring you when the rest of the world won’t? Celebrate the fu*k out of you. A contemporary movement piece documented in Princess Bouton’s universe.
Dir. Diego Paulino
NEGRUM3 (BLACKN3SS) celebrates the way Black queer youth in Sao Paulo, Brasil, have turned rejection, poverty and marginalisation into beautiful spectacle and joy. NEGRUM3 is a Black manifesto, chanting down our Black ancestors erased by Portuguese colonisers, propelling us into a divine Afroqueer future, inclusive of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.
Campbell X is a writer/director who directed the award-winning queer urban romantic comedy feature film STUD LIFE. His film Stud Life was voted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films ever made. Campbell is the Co-founder with Neelu Bhuman of Wahala Film Fund https://www.wahalafilmfund.com a completion fund for short films by and about QTIPOC people.
Image Credit Float Bitch, courtesy Dir. Evan James Benally Atwood and Princess Bouton