Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival ONLINE May 7-10

Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival is online this year due to the COVID-19 crisis so people from around the country/world can attend.

A group of very dedicated people are working on making the festival happen along with Three Dollar Bill Cinema and the Northwest Film Forum.

Instead of canceling the festival due to the COVID-19 crisis we felt that we needed it. We hope you will join us for the 15th Anniversary of Translations!

More than 95% of the work that will be screened and presented has been made by transgender, gender queer, and non-binary filmmakers and participants!

A programming committee of transgender/ non-binary/ queer folx put together the festival along with Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Northwest Film Forum.

We would love for you to be involved, help spread the word, and attend the festival online. We have a wonderful line-up of screenings and panels for you to watch over the weekend!

Community participation:
FB Watch parties at

www.facebook.com/groups/translations2020/

including opening night with Aleksa Manila hosting, intros from filmmakers before the films, two panels that you can join by Zoom (register first).

Tickets:
Pay what you can tickets $0-$25. Tickets sales go directly to support Translations and the work of Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Northwest Film Forum. Purchase tickets at least an hour before the screening time to access the link and password.

BUY A PASS and relax all weekend with Translations! You can see all 12 programs for less than $5 each if you are TDBC or NWFF member. Check out all the pass options.

For more information, visit

https://threedollarbillcinema.org/

Online Festival Guide at

https://threedollarbillcinema.org/translations/films

OPENING NIGHT:
LINGUA FRANCA
Thursday, May 7 @ 7pm
In this engrossing drama, undocumented Olivia spends her days taking care of Olga, a Russian-Jewish grandmother in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When the man she’s secretly paying for a green-card marriage backs out, she becomes involved with Olga’s grandson Alex, a handsome but troubled young man who doesn’t realize she is trans. The winsome Olivia, played by director Isabel Sandoval, draws viewers into this story of love and survival as a transgender woman trying to live her life with joy and strength.

SHORTS: BE WELL
Friday, May 8 @ 4pm
“The only constant in life is change,” philosophized Heraclitus of ancient Greece. This series of shorts explores what trans people know all too well: that life is a movable force where traditional attitudes, institutions, and internal stresses must be challenged to BE WELL.

THE RIGHT GIRLS
Friday, May 8 @ 6pm
In this documentary about friendship and perseverance, three young transgender women from El Salvador and Honduras go on a 2,400-mile journey with the high-profile migrant caravan.

TRANS-WEBISODICS (A SAMPLING)
Friday, May 8 @ 8:15pm
As the new frontier of entertainment, episodic web series are naturally well positioned to represent genders and sexualities in formation. These four series hand-picked for Translations employ humor, wit, and expressive visuality to present the cutting edge of culture.

KELET
Saturday, May 9 @ 12pm
This exquisitely filmed documentary follows the exceptional life of 20-year-old Kelet, a Finnish Somali trans woman living in Helsinki who dreams of becoming a model in Vogue magazine. Winner of the Audience Award at the DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, this story explores trans rights, racism, beauty standards and gendered norms in society.

The Fruitbowl Podcast LIVE:
An Oral History of Queer Sex with Creator/Host Dave Quantic and Guests
Saturday, May 9 @ 2pm
Join creator Dave Quantic and moderator and past interviewee Sam Berliner as they discuss the evolution of the FRUITBOWL project and the creative process behind both the podcast and the FruitBite video series. Sam and Dave will discuss the similarities and surprising differences that have emerged and talk about the unique perspectives that members of the trans community bring to the table.

OUT LOUD
Saturday, May 9 @ 4pm
OUT LOUD chronicles the ups and downs of the first season of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, the largest group of transgender and gender-nonconforming people anywhere in the world who come together regularly to sing. As the choristers gear up for their 2016 public debut, they share their life stories and reveal what it means to be trans in America. This extraordinary chorus doesn’t just make music – it’s making history.

SHORTS: JOY & CATHARSIS
Saturday, May 9 @ 6:15pm
Far too often we are dramatized as tragic, deceptive, and villainous. We are fetishized and exploited as objects of the cis gaze. The cultural imagination consumes us when we overcome obstacles, so they can celebrate our bravery and authenticity. Joy reminds us not to inflict this violence on ourselves. Catharsis acknowledges and allows us to release the pain of this violence. By telling our own stories, we radically claim our birthright to take up space and celebrate the power of our bodies, desires, and futures.

MARK
Saturday, May 9 @ 8:30pm
Mark existed. Marks were made. Marks were found.

Writing & Casting Transgender Characters with Elayne Wylie
Sunday, May 10 @ 2pm
Join us for a conversation about the impact and process of casting transgender characters. The casting process should start in the conceptualization and writing, with an understanding of the history of representation in the medium. Panelists will explore the nuances of decisions filmmakers have to make throughout the writing and production process, and the impact of these choices on actors, productions, and audiences.

SHORTS: ART & RESISTANCE
Sunday, May 10 @ 4:30pm
In times like these, we turn to artists and radical resisters to express and share their actions and creations in ways we find resonant, provocative, comforting, and/or challenging. From public calls to action through peaceful demonstrations and “guerrilla” performances to deeply personal conversations in private places, this lineup offers us ways to see ourselves as belonging to each other in and through radical resistance, which often begins with owning the meaning of who we are to ourselves.

CLOSING NIGHT:
SO PRETTY
Sunday, May 10 @ 7pm
Tonia, a transgender German visual artist, comes to New York City, where she meets Franz, an American academic working on a new exhibition on German author Ronald M. Schernikau. They talk politics, art, and love, go dancing, fuck, protest, and organize alongside their friends, Paul, Erika (a transwoman and musician), and Helmut (a transmasculine political radical).

Community participation:
FB Watch parties at www.facebook.com/groups/translations2020/ including opening night with Aleksa Manila hosting, intros from filmmakers before the films, two panels that you can join by Zoom (register first).

Tickets:
Pay what you can tickets $0-$25. Tickets sales go directly to support Translations and the work of Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Northwest Film Forum. Purchase tickets at least an hour before the screening time to access the link and password.

BUY A PASS and relax all weekend with Translations! You can see all 12 programs for less than $5 each if you are TDBC or NWFF member. Check out all the pass options.

For more information, visit

https://threedollarbillcinema.org/

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