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June 11, 2012



Gerard Koskovich 

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Transgender Filmmakers to Offer Personal Viewpoints:
Special Two-Part Discussion at GLBT History Museum    

San Francisco -- The GLBT History Museum will present "Trans Forming Film: Transgender Filmmaking Past and Future," a special two-part program of personal viewpoints from transgender independent filmmakers on Sunday, July 1, and Monday, July 2.    


"Last year, a big-budget transgender-themed film made the headlines when Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close was nominated for Academy Awards," said Lee Callahan, an organizer of the program who also serves as a docent at the museum. "But if we really want insights into transgender lives, independent films made by transgender directors can tell us so much more. The filmmakers on these two panels -- many of whom have had their work screened at the Frameline International LGBT Film Festival -- will offer an extended conversation about how images of transgender people in films have changed over time and will bring us up to date on what's happening currently in independent trans film." 


The panels will include both established and emerging filmmakers, who will discuss their individual approaches to transgender representation and will offer critical perspectives on the ways film has portrayed transgender people. In addition, the participants will show clips from their own works, which reflect documentary, fiction and experimental genres.   


Sunday, July 1, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Morty Diamond (Trans Entities, 2008); Susan Stryker (Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria, 2005); Texas (Gendernauts, 1999); Shawna Virago (Transsexual Dominatrix, 2011).

Monday, July 2, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Sam Berliner (Genderbusters, 2010); Ewan Duarte (Spiral Transition, 2010); Aneesh Sheth (My Inner Turmoil, 2012); Kortney Ryan Ziegler (Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen, 2008).    


Both panels will take place at The GLBT History Museum at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco's Castro District. Admission is $5.00 (suggested donation). For more information, visit  


The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. Currently featured are two major exhibitions: "Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco's GLBT History" and "Life and Death in Black and White: AIDS Direct Action in San Francisco, 1985-1990." The museum is a project of the GLBT Historical Society, a research center and archives founded in 1985 that houses one of the world's largest collections of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender historical materials. 



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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following photograph may be reproduced in conjunction with coverage of the July 1 and July 2 programs at The GLBT History Museum. The photo credit given in the caption is required.   


The GLBT History Museum seen at night

An evening view through the front windows of The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco.
Photo: Daniel Nicoletta.