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Framing Agnes

Opens on February 3

Director: Chase Joynt Run Time: 75 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2022

Starring: Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Jules Gill-Peterson, Max Wolf Valerio, Silas Howard, Zackary Drucker

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The pseudonymous Agnes was a pioneering transgender woman who participated in an infamous gender health study conducted at UCLA in the 1960s. Her clever use of the study to gain access to gender-affirming healthcare led to her status as a fascinating and celebrated figure in trans history. In this innovative cinematic exercise that blends fiction and nonfiction, director Chase Joynt (No Ordinary Man) uses Agnes’s story, along with others unearthed in long-shelved case files, to widen the frame through which trans history is viewed. Through a collaborative practice of reimagination, an all-star cast of trans performers, artists, and thinkers – including Angelica Ross (Pose), Jen Richards (Mrs. Fletcher), and Zackary Drucker (Transparent) – take on vividly rendered, impeccably vintage reenactments, bringing to life groundbreaking artifacts of trans history. This collective reclamation breaks down the myth of isolation among transgender history-makers, breathing new life into a lineage of collaborators and conspirators who have been forgotten for far too long. – KinoLorber

Winner: NEXT Innovator and Audience Awards – Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection: Hot Docs, Frameline Film Festival

“A film of quiet but decisive radicality.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Richly heady, thoughtful… visually striking. Hosts a fascinating discussion about the transgender experience in a way that simultaneously engages with the past and present.” –

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