DIRECTOR: Jason Benjamin

Expected to attend: Subject Rae Tutera

You move differently when you’re comfortable in your own skin, and although it’s what’s on the inside that counts, sometimes your outside can help the inside along.

The Brooklyn-based tailors Bindle & Keep specialize in bespoke suits for the LGBTQ community. People travel far and wide to be fitted by the unlikely duo of Rae, an apprentice-turned-clothier who identifies as trans-masculine, and Daniel, a straight man who’d never considered the LGBTQ market when he started his original business.

Suited, a poignant documentary produced by Girls showrunners Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner, focuses on the individual needs and stories of multiple Bindle & Keep clients on the trans spectrum. The desire for a well-fitting garment isn’t merely about fancy textiles or looking dapper; rather, it’s connected to a deeper holistic need for embodiment and empowerment. We meet Derek, a trans man from a rural town who is not only having an important medical procedure but is also getting married to the woman of his dreams. Cab-driving Mel doesn’t care which pronoun you use; she just wants to have an awesome suit to kick off her 40th birthday. Try to stay dry-eyed listening to the stories of Everett, an African American law student searching for a job in a conservative field where employers have no problem saying they don’t want to deal with the “trans thing,” or Aiden, a 12-year-old getting his first suit for his bar mitzvah. Each story begins with childhood pictures that mark the beginnings of very separate journeys, but ends with the common thread of how something as simple as a well-tailored suit can be identity- and dignity-affirming.

— Angelique Smith

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D319

Co-presented by:
fiveTEN Oakland Events
Jewish Film Institute
Queer Fashion Week

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