Tickets $10/$8 Students, Seniors, Brattle Members | No Brattle Passes
Co-presented by Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.
Note: Due to street closures the afternoon of Sunday, May 6 for Harvard Square’s Mayfair festival, it is strongly advised that you take public transit and leave extra travel time if attending this screening.
Directed by Phoebe Hart. 2010, Australia, 60 min
Documentary filmmaker Phoebe Hart comes clean on her journey of self-discovery, embracing her future while reconciling past shame and family secrecy surrounding her intersex condition. Despite her mother’s outright refusal to be in the film, Phoebe decides she must push on with her quest to resolve her life story and connect with other intersex people on camera. With the help of her sister Bonnie and support from her partner James, she hits the open road and reflects on her youth.
Daniel Monks, 4min, Australia, 2011, English
A beautiful, young woman in desperate need of love musters up the courage to go on her first internet date – but unfortunately her date and her don’t see eye to eye.
On the Seventh Day
Judith G. Levy, 5min, USA, 2011, English
A humorous and provocative short film that follows a woman’s daily make-up routine. Inspired by an old motion picture, she puts aside the social constraints on her day of rest to reveal her true identity.
Sam Berliner, 2min, USA, 2011, English
An experimental animation exploring the disconnect between one’s own perception of self and how one is seen by the rest of the world, specifically facing the journey of transition from female to male.
Ewan Duarte, 6min
Spiral Transition is a compelling, candid, and interwoven documentary exploring the filmmaker’s relationship with his mother and how it is evolving, transforming, and changing as he transitions genders. The film beautifully portrays the mother’s feelings of loss and grief as her child transitions from being her daughter to becoming her son.
Lucas Crawford, 3min, Canada, 2011, English
A big transgender body dons and sheds a closetful of sweaters at maximum speed. Meanwhile, the character remembers – through tragicomic poetry – an inter-generational relationship that went awry many years ago. When the film begins, the character is remembering his former lover, who remarked that her favourite sweater was older than he was. By the film’s end, however, the narrative has propelled the character from a forlorn past into a dandy future, all on the wings of verse and subversive fashion. Here, a box of sweaters becomes an archive of transgender emotions — a collection of outmoded feelings, fond (and not-so-fond memories), and, ultimately, the chance to become something new by trying on something old.