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We’re back at The Roxie!

Posted on October 14, 2014

We were so excited last year to be in this fabulous space that we decided we just HAD to come back!  After all, the SF Transgender Film Festival was born at The Roxie in 1997 (then called the Tranny Fest).

But The Roxie has been around for quite some time.  It’s the longest running cinema in the US, and the second oldest in the world!  It opened in 1909 as the C. H. Brown Theater and has gone through quite a few identity changes since then.  While it always been a small, neighborhood theater, it had its moments as a home for Russian-language films, and even nude and openly erotic films!

Since 1979, The Roxie has been a hub of underground, artistic, and queer film.  It showcased titles like The Life and Death of Frida Kahlo by David and Karen Crommie, and Rosa von Praunheim’s It is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, but the Situation In Which He Lives.  The 80s and 90s were devoted to retrospectives, revivals, and films too extraordinary for your average theater.

In 2009, The Roxie became a nonprofit.  Since then it has “has doubled-down on its iron-willed dedication to showcase the coolest/weirdest/most-thought provoking films of the past, present and future” (www.roxie.com).  The Roxie has many awesome programs, from a Japanese film series to its annual film noir festival.  The Roxie is committed to creating a unique and affordable moviegoing experience.

It’s no wonder we love it here!


Filmmaker Spotlight: Sam Berliner

Posted on November 5, 2013 | Tags: , , , , ,

SFTFF: What is the name of your film? 

SB: Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film? 

SB: I really needed a kick in the pants to get off the couch with the cat and sweatpants and start dating– what better pressure than making a film about it?

SFTFF: Describe your film in 3 words. 

SB: Awkward. Queer. Animation.

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

SB: I am REALLY REALLY good at first dates now!

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

SB: “Queen of Quiet” by Erin McKeown <– (She’s given me permission to use the song in the trailer for the film– coming soon!!)

Please check out the website here: www.datingsucksmovie.com and ‘Like’ the Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/dating.misadventures.movie

“Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure” will be screened on Friday, November 8 at 8:00pm as part of the “Opening Night Gala: Transgender Shorts”. For more information, visit the 2013 Festival Program.


Filmmaker Spotlight: Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon

Posted on November 4, 2013 | Tags: , , , , ,

SFTFF: What is the name of your film? 

PW/JS: Please You

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film? 

PW/JS: The work stretches definitions and perceptions of the performer’s body as a commodity, reexamining faith in culture from the vantage points of sexuality, grunge, and queerness. The “Please You” film is dedicated to any artist, who has felt pressured by the will of the audience.

SFTFF: Describe your film in 3 words. 

PW/JS: Jockstrap Gene Kelly

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

PW/JS: I don’t have to “pretend” to gag when you have a pool cue down your throat. It happens naturally. 

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

PW/JS: “Keep Young and Beautiful (if you want to be loved)” – Annie Lennox cover

 

“Please You” will be screened on Sunday, November 10 at 2:30pm as part of the “Afternoon Delight: Transgender Shorts”. For more information, visit the 2013 Festival Program.


Filmmaker Spotlight: Jamerry Kim

Posted on November 4, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,


Filmmaker Spotlight: Jamerry Kim

SFTFF: What is the name of your film? 

JK: Who is Pauline Park?

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film? 

JK: Pauline Park, of course!

SFTFF: Describe your film in 3 words. 

JK: Acceptance, Music, and Michael Bloomberg.

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

JK: I learned that making a film is an honor and a humbling endeavor.

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

JK: “I’m Every Woman” Chaka Khan 

“Who is Pauline Park?” will be screened on Sunday, November 10 at 2:30pm as part of the “Afternoon Delight: Transgender Shorts”. For more information, visit the 2013 Festival Program.


Filmmaker Spotlight: Ewan Duarte

Posted on October 23, 2013 | Tags: , ,

SFTFF: What is the name of your film?

ED: Change Over Time

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

ED: I was inspired to create a film that focused on the emotional and soul experiences of my changes during my first year on testosterone. I wanted to share my inner life through the medium of film/media.

SFTFF: Describe your film in three words.

ED: Beautiful. Authentic. Inspiring.

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

ED: One thing that I learned from making Change Over Time is that my creative work is a process. Change Over Time was definitely a process piece. It took 3 years to create. The first year I was archiving my experiences via digital media, journaling, etc. The next two years I focused on the actual film.

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

ED: If my film had to be summed up into one song what would it be? This is a great question. The sound of OM. The song of the universe. The sound of the heart-beating.

“Change Over Time” will be screened on Friday, November 8 @ 8:00pm as part of the “Opening Night Gala: Transgender Shorts”. For more information, visit the 2013 Festival Program.


The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be…

Posted on October 11, 2013 | Tags: ,


The C.H. Brown Theater!

Confused? Thought we were going to say Roxie? Well, believe it or not, they are one in the same. That’s right. The Roxie Theater hasn’t always been called Roxie. (Well, if you were the oldest running theater in San Francisco, you’d probably go through a change or two yourself).Our beloved Roxie has had a few transitions, and we thought we’d share her charming repertoire of names…C.H. Brown Theater – 1909 – 1912 Poppy Theater – 1912 – 1916New 16th Street Theater – 1916 – 1920Rex Theater – 1920 – 1926Gem Theater – 1926 – 1930 Gaiety Theater – 1930 – 1933


Welcome to the SFTFF blog!

Posted on September 30, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Want to get the inside-scoop on the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival? Well friend, you’ve come to the right place.

We are super, super, super excited to announce the launch of the SFTFF blog! Here you will find all sorts of goodies: interviews with filmmakers, fun facts, photos, videos, and more! We will be sure to keep you updated on all the juicy details and stories.

First order of business: SAVE THE DATE! The 2013 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival will be on November 8-10 at the fabulous Roxie Theater! The programs are currently being set, so check back soon for the festival schedule at the SFTFF Official Website (http://www.sftff.org). In the meantime, please enjoy this amazing puppet video we made for you…