Actress Scarlett Johansson is back in the news after her comments about politically correct casting in As If magazine made the rounds on the internet. Suffice it to say, her words were certainly problematic. It’s especially problematic given the actress’s history. Like how she whitewashed a role and decided to portray a transgender man in Rub & Tug. These choices have led to the actress–more or less–becoming a meme over the years. ‘You know, as…"Scarlett Johansson would still play transgender role"
Framing Agnes packs a lot of punch into 19 minutes but this important transgender documentary could very well be a feature-length film. The short film serves as both a documentary and a reenactment after co-directors Chase Joynt and Kristen Schilt were able to access sociologist Harold Garfinkel’s (Chase Joynt) archives. While they knew the story of Agnes (Zachary Drucker), they didn’t know Garfinkel saw other clients. These case files would be locked up for some 60…"Tribeca 2019: Framing Agnes"
Changing the Game profiles three different transgender athletes who face various obstacles when it comes to being able to play sports. Among the trio of athletes, Mack Beggs may be the most familiar name. This is because the transgender wrestler shot to fame in 2017 when he was forced to compete with the girls. It just so happens that the laws in Texas were unfair to the wrestler. The University Interscholastic League, which governs high…"Tribeca 2019: Changing the Game"
Led by a stunning performance from actress/model Stav Strashko, Flawless also offers some serious lessons in this coming-of-age story. The film quickly sets the tone as it introduces us to Eden (Stav Strashko) and best friends Tigist (Netsanet Zenaneh Mekonnen) and Keshet (Noam Lugasy). What her best friends don’t know about Eden is that she’s transgender. Eden’s gender identity doesn’t become important until later on in the film. This is how it should be and I’ll…"Tribeca 2019: Flawless (HaNeshef)"
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…"SXSW 2019: The Garden Left Behind"
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…"Cinequest 2019: Lupe"
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…"Don Cheadle’s shirt on SNL: Protect Trans Kids"
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…"Slamdance 2019: Markie in Milwaukee"
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…"Louis CK resorts to Transphobic Humor in Bootlegged Upload"
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…"The Real Thing: Transgender Short Has Me In Tears"