Realness & Revelations

Expected to attend: Producer Steven Hudosh (Crystal Lake), Producer Joenique Rose (Transcend), Director Steven Liang (Afuera), Actor Jennifer London (Afuera), Director Marvin Lemus (Vámonos), Cinematographer Moira Morel (Vámonos)

These captivating shorts celebrate an abundance of voices of queer and trans folks of color. From homecomings to crossings over, to redefining the meaning of familia and just kickin’ it with the peeps, these films feature QTPOC folks who keep on keepin’ on with resilience and resistance.

Capturing diverse portraits of queer and trans Asian Americans, Gaysians is an illuminating patchwork documentary that explores relationships with family and culture. After being estranged from his family for three years, Julian (Kingston Farady of Black Is Blue, Frameline38) returns home to spend Thanksgiving with them, in Transcend. Exploring the intersection of gender identity, immigration, and health, Afuera finds an undocumented transgender woman making sacrifices to live as the woman she always was. Created as part of the 2016 Outfest Fusion One Minute Movie Competition, I Was features a femme woman of color rhythmically reflecting upon coming out. When Mac, a young MoC Latina dies, her novia, Hope, must overcome personal grief in order to respectfully send Mac off into the afterlife as she would’ve wanted, in the ride-or-die inspired Vámonos. Crystal Lake is about a crew of young girls who take over a skate park, forming an all-female force field on the half-pipe. There on the reclaimed ramp, they are thriving and visible.

— Desiree Buford

Co-presented by:
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community
fiveTEN Oakland Events
Impact Hub Oakland

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