Sofia, a young trans woman, meets Isaac at a party. When he invites her to go home with him, Sofia must talk herself through her options. While Isaac is having exactly the type of night he wanted, Sofia faces conflicting fears and desires. Is it safe to leave with someone she just met? Should she disclose that she’s trans? A sensational kiss solidifies her decision to go with him, and as their chemistry intensifies, so do the stakes for Sofia. After she discloses that she’s trans, the night takes several unexpected turns.
So often, the message of being black, trans, and woman is based on how real you are. Realness is not only a ballroom category; it is a way of life that affords safety to many black trans women. Being able to “pass” in society is essentially life or death for many within the community. This short film was made to highlight the reality of realness and the joy and pain that comes with it.
Graphic needle and blood
Loosely based on the experiences of Lou Sullivan, gay trans pioneer, the film is an erotically charged snapshot into mid-70s SF cruising, using new and archival footage. Shot on location in the Castro with a trans cast and crew, this is director/writer Mya Byrne’s first film. Edited by Damon Beirne and shot by Lorin Murphy.
In Córdoba, far away from Argentina’s capital city, the end of a military regime promises a spring that doesn’t last long. “La Delpi” is the only survivor from a group of transgender women and drag queens, who began to die of AIDS in the late 80’s. In a catholic and conservative city, the Kalas Group made their weapons and trenches out of improvised dresses and playbacks. Today the images of a unique and unknown footage are not only a farewell letter, but also a friendship manifesto.
Music. Love. Queerness. Asian identity. The meaning of those terms in the words of non-binary singer-songwriter Vincy.
“I Am Samantha,” by singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer, was inspired by his friend, Samantha Williams. Director T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper gathered 27 trans actors to tell the story of the universal human journey to find identity, acceptance and love.
SF drag queen Churro Nomi is making a run for it! A quarantine lip-sync to Barbra Streisands’ “Gotta Move”
Where gender is the performance, patriarchy is the contract. This is an excerpt to illuminate the everyday struggles of Black TransWomen in our communities.
The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival is supported by the Queer Cultural Center, Creative Capacity Fund, Grants for the Arts, Horizons Foundation, California Arts Council, and the San Francisco Arts Commission