SXSW 2019: The Garden Left Behind

With a spotlight on one woman’s struggle to live an authentic life, The Garden Left Behind is a beautiful film that covers quite a bit of ground. The film focuses on Tina (Carlie Guevara) and her grandmother Eliana (Miriam Cruz).  The two of them are undocumented Mexican immigrants living in New York City.  Tina is a transgender woman and works to bring in money to pay their bills.  Meanwhile, Eliana stays home.  Obviously, there are…

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Cinequest 2019: Lupe

Lupe is yet another film telling a story about a transgender woman and once again, there is a cisgender actor portraying the role. Where do I even start to begin?  For starters, I’m so done with the whole transition stories with a cisgender actor playing trans.  I am beyond done.  How many more of these stories are out there?  There’s got to be a better way for filmmakers to tell transgender stories.  For one, can…

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Don Cheadle’s shirt on SNL: Protect Trans Kids

Avengers and Black Monday star Don Cheadle wore a “Protect Trans Kids” shirt on Saturday Night Live this weekend before introducing Gary Clark, Jr. Being a transgender woman who moved to Chicago for improv and has friends working on SNL, Don Cheadle’s shirt made my night.  This isn’t the first time in which someone used their platform for transgender rights.  Most recently, Cecily Strong did so when Scarlett Johansson hosted the show back on March…

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Slamdance 2019: Markie in Milwaukee

Markie in Milwaukee follows transgender woman Markie Wenzel over a number of years through her struggles with transitioning and its impact on her life. We first meet Markie Wenzel in 2013.  This is when she had decided to put off transitioning and go back to living as a man.  The reason for doing so is the toll that it’s taken on her.  She lost her family as a result.  Not only this but her marriage…

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Louis CK resorts to Transphobic Humor in Bootlegged Upload

In a bootleg recording of a recent Louis CK stand-up performance, it was revealed that the stand-up comedian has resorted to telling transphobic jokes. It’s been just over a year since the comedian fell out of good grace with the public following a NY Times report.  He started making his comeback earlier this year at the Comedy Cellar with surprise performances.  With venues such as the Cellar booking the comedian, they’re sending the message that…

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The Real Thing: Transgender Short Has Me In Tears

The Real Thing is about a soldier father and a transgender daughter but it may very well be the best short film that anyone will see all year long. I’ve seen a lot of short films this year starting with my coverage of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January.  Some are important in their own ways and some of them will never have their cinematic shots recreated without the use of CGI.  When it comes…

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Denial tells Christine Hallquist’s story

Denial tells the story of Christine Hallquist on two different fronts as she becomes the first transgender CEO to transition in America. Life has a funny way of happening.  When Derek Hallquist started to direct this film, he was covering his father’s battle in transforming the Energy Industry.  While following his father around, the biggest bombshell was dropped that nobody would have foreseen.  When Christine Hallquist comes out as transgender, it changes the direction of…

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DOC NYC 2018: Family in Transition

Family in Transition profiles the Tzuk family’s experience in northern Israel as Amit Tzuk undergoes a gender transition. Transitioning is not a decision that is made lightly.  Some of us transition at a young age while others hold out for as long as possible.  Transitioning isn’t without risks.  There’s the people we care about and transitioning means possibly losing them.  Losing her wife is a risk that Amit makes by coming out as a woman. …

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DOC NYC 2018: Little Miss Westie profiles Trans Siblings

Little Miss Westie profiles the McCarthy family during one of the most troubling times for families with transgender children. Chris and Shelley McCarthy are parents to not one but two transgender children, Ren and Luca.  The film takes its title from the Little Miss Westie pageant, where Ren hopes to compete as the first transgender girl.  Besides this, the film focuses on the family at a time when they are dealing with so many changes. …

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Reeling 2018: Funny Story, Transcending Gender Shorts

Here are some thoughts after attending a pair of Thursday night screenings during the 2018 Reeling Film Festival last night.  I was there to watch Funny Story on the big screen for the first time since this year’s Slamdance Film Festival as well as the Transcending Gender shorts program. I was curious how Funny Story would play not only with an audience but watching on a screen larger than my laptop.  It played especially well upon…

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