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Filmmaker Spotlight: Anand Jay Kalra

Posted on November 2, 2016

SFTFF: What is the name of your film?

AK: Call and Response

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

AK: After my grandmother passed away earlier this year, I found a voicemail she left me while I was driving cross-country to move back to California in 2012. She mistakenly thought she’d hung up after saying goodbye, but the recording went on to reveal her explaining to a friend of hers who I am and that I’m trans– all in Hindi. All my life, she challenged me to commit myself to a path of nonviolence and service, but she never quite saw my work in the trans community as falling under that umbrella. Call and Response pairs her challenge with the voices of five trans men, who reflect on the meaning and purpose of privilege and community responsibility.

SFTFF: Describe your film in 3 words.

AK: meditative, pastoral, borderlands

SFTFF: What is one thing you learned from making your film?

AK: While we were shooting the interviews, my camera kept overheating and disrupting the recording process, so we would have to stop recording to let the camera cool off and then start again. On top of that, the camera didn’t have an audio input, so we were recording the sound separately. I ended up with 4-6 video files and 2-3 audio files per interivew, which I had to line up before I could edit. Definitely learned my ounce-of-prevention lesson for recording audio and video together!

SFTFF: If your film had to be summed up in one song, what song would it be?

AK: Shankar Tucker’s “Dhuan Dhuan”

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STILL FROM “CALL AND RESPONSE”
DIRECTED BY ANAND JAY KALRA
Screening on Sunday, November 13 at 2pm at The Roxie Theater.
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Filmmaker Spotlight: Daniel Chavez

Posted on October 21, 2016

SFTFF: What is the name of your film?

DC: El cisne (The swan)

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

DC: I was inspired to tell the story of Sthefany because I wanted to make a film about immigration. Immigration most of the times is caused by economic interests, however there are also other powerful reasons to leave your home country. In the case of Sthefany it was because she was discriminated for her sexual orientation and her gender identity. The discrimination was unbearable, so she decided to migrate to a country in which she could be her true self. Sthefany’s life relates to many other trans Latina women so I felt I needed to tell her story.

SFTFF: Describe your film in 3 words.

DC: Family, acceptance, and immigration.

SFTFF: What is one thing you learned from making your film?

DC: Stay true to who you are. Valuable people will love you no matter what.

SFTFF: If your film had to be summed up in one song, what song would it be?

DC: ‘El cisne’ by Agustín Lara.

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Still from “El Cisne”
Directed by Daniel Chavez
Screening on Sunday, November 13 at 2pm at The Roxie Theater.
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Filmmaker Spotlight: TW Pittman & Kelly Daniela Norris

Posted on October 19, 2016
SFTFF: What is the name of your film?

TWP + KDN: Nakom

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

TWP + KDN: To tell an unseen but human story about obligation, desire, and the roles we perform to survive.

SFTFF: Describe your film in 3 words.

TWP + KDN: globalization, humanism, #villagelyfe

SFTFF: What is one thing you learned from making your film?

TWP + KDN: Specificity is the best way to speak to the universal.

SFTFF: If your film had to be summed up in one song, what song would it be?

TWP + KDN: Odetta – Another Man Done Gone

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Still from “NAKOM”
Directed by TW Pittman & Kelly Daniela Norris
Screening on Sunday, November 13 at 4pm at The Roxie Theater.
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Filmmaker Spotlight: Penelope Spheeris

Posted on October 17, 2016

SFTFF: What is the name of your film?

PS: “I Don’t Know”

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

PS: Back in the early 70s two of my best friends were transgender and they were the most fun people I had ever met. I was in film school at the time, had cameras at easy access and decided to make a film about them. Gender identity movies were few and far between back then.

SFTFF: Describe your film in 3 words.

PS: I Don’t Know

SFTFF: What is one thing you learned from making your film?

PS: The one thing I learned from reading this film was that people were not very open-minded to the idea of gay, lesbian or transgender lifestyles. I was greatly criticized for dealing with the subject matter…. Which of course, encouraged me to do another film on the same subject matter: “Hats Off to Hollywood.”

SFTFF: If your film had to be summed up in one song, what song would it be?

PS: “I Want to Break Free” by Queen

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Still from “I Don’t Know”
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Screening on Saturday, November 12 at 9:30pm at The Roxie Theater.
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2016 SFTFF Save the Date Trailer!

Posted on September 19, 2016

The 2016 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival will take place at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, CA, USA November 10-13, 2016. For venue, program and schedule information, visit SFTFF’s website (www.SFTFF.org) starting October 1, 2016. In the meantime, join our email list to receive updates: sign up at www.SFTFF.org.

PROGRAMS

November 10 Roxie Theater: 8:00pm Opening Night Gala
November 11 Roxie Theater: 8:00pm
November 12 Roxie Theater: 7:00pm & 9:30pm (9:30pm is 18 years+)
November 13  Roxie Theater: 2:00pm and 4:00pm




Filmmaker Spotlight: Joe Ippolito

Posted on October 28, 2014

Joe Ippolito
SFTFF: What is the name of your film?

JI: Growing Old Gracefully: The Transgender Experience.

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

JI: When I turned 40, I looked around and thought, “man, I don’t feel prepared for growing older.” Then, I started talking to other trans people, and many of them felt the same way. Upon further investigation, many of the challenges faced by trans and gender non-conforming people, as they grow older, started to become clear. At that point I thought, what can I do to start the process of educating others about this? Because Gender Reel, the film festival I founded, was already in full swing, I figured making a film would be the most direct process possible. Thus GOG was born.

SFTFF: Descrive your film in 3 words.

JI: Informative, Interesting and Scary.

SFTFF: What is one thing you learned from making your film?

JI: How to be a filmmaker. I had no idea going in what this process entailed, and I learned a ton about the filmmaking process.

SFTFF: If your film had to be summed up in one song, what song would it be?

JI: “Heros” by David Bowie.


Filmmaker Spotlight: Jen Crothers

Posted on October 28, 2014

Jen Crothers

SFTFF: What is the name of your film?

JC: Sissy

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

JC: Trying to understand my gentle masculinity.

SFTFF: Descrive your film in 3 words.

JC: Cute, quirky, DIY

SFTFF: What is one thing you learned from making your film?

JC: My sound editing skills jumped significantly thanks to my friend Tim.

SFTFF: If your film had to be summed up in one song, what song would it be?

JC: That song does not exist.