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posted Friday, April 28, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 17
2017 Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival - May 4-14
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2017 Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival - May 4-14

Now in its 12th year, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival returns bigger than ever and ready to navigate a threatening political climate, build community, and encourage fun. Translations explores stories of transgender people from around the world to reaffirm that they are not alone, that they are beautiful, and that they deserve love and respect. This year the festival doubles in size, spanning two weekends from May 4 to 14, with over 70 films from 20 different countries, making it the largest transgender film festival in the world! Translations will be in venues around Seattle's Capitol Hill, including the Northwest Film Forum, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 12th Avenue Arts, and the Seattle Public Library Capitol Hill branch. An additional screening will take place at the Henry Art Gallery, on the UW campus.

Opening night film FREE CECE! will be presented by special guests CeCe McDonald and director Jac Gares on Thursday, May 4 at 7pm at the Egyptian Theatre (805 E. Pine St.). This powerful documentary confronts the epidemic of violence against and incarceration of transgender women of color. CeCe McDonald, an African-American transwoman, survived an attack and served time in a men's prison. Laverne Cox ('Orange Is the New Black') explores the roles that race, class, and gender played in CeCe's case, which incited a nationwide 'Free CeCe' protest movement. Empowered by supporters, CeCe emerged as a celebrated advocate for issues of race and gender identity. Gender Justice League will co-present this film.

The festival closes on Sunday, May 14 at 7pm at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.) with the acclaimed film, DIE BEAUTIFUL, from the Philippines. A heartwarming drama about Trisha, a beauty pageant contestant whose final request upon her death is to be dressed as a different celebrity every night of her wake. Her best friend keeps the wake a secret from Trisha's birth family, while flashbacks reveal a complex history of unspoken regrets, touching on each relationship Trisha fostered while she was alive, including a caring connection with her adopted daughter. Looming transphobia won't stop this chosen family from laughing and loving, even after Trisha's last breath. Pride ASIA will co-present this film.

Translations brings some local flavor with the documentary FINDING KIM on May 14 at 2pm at the Northwest Film Forum. This visually striking documentary by Seattle director Aaron Bear follows Kim's search for self-acceptance through transition from female to male after a lifetime of coming to terms with drug addiction and isolation. Appearances by major personalities and LGBTQ activists include Carmen Carrera ('RuPaul's Drag Race'), Buck Angel (MR. ANGEL, Translations 2014), Dr. Tony Mangubat (a local surgeon specializing in transgender procedures), Calpernia Addams, and Dan Savage. Local director, Samuel Shanahoy, will be at the screening of the film feature film, SO LONG SUBURBIA, on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm at the Northwest Film Forum. When Sadie's mom gives her a one-year transit pass her whole world opens up. Sadie is befriended by Miami and her clique of queers and misfits. Has she finally found a place where she belongs? Or will old insecurities and crushes get in the way? Additionally, THE REAL DEAL: TRANS TEENS shorts program on Friday, May 12 at 5pm at the Northwest Film Forum, includes three locally-made short films by teens!

There are six different shorts programs to choose from this year! From icons like Kate Bornstein and Miss Major to neighbors and friends, our mentors offer nuanced insights from which we all can learn. TEACH BY EXAMPLE on Saturday, May 6 at 2pm at the Northwest Film Forum is a program of short films that explore how trans people provide mentorship to a variety of people in their lives.

Musicians add two unique events to the festival. Rae Spoon (GENDER FAILURE, Translations 2013) and Clyde Petersen (TORREY PINES, Twist 2016) host an hour of music, drawing comics, and chill vibes on Tuesday, May 9 at 6pm at 12th Avenue Arts (1620 12th Ave). And Joe Stevens with special guest Ben Wallace, subjects of the film REAL BOY, perform a one-night only concert on Saturday, May 13 at 9:30pm at the Northwest Film Forum. This affecting documentary follows trans teen, Bennett, as he navigates the ups and downs of his journey to find his voice, including sobriety and patience as his mother weathers his transition, while reaching for the promise of a new life.

Translations is offering a program 'NO DUMB QUESTIONS: HOW TO BE A TRANS ALLY' specifically for allies and folks who are new to the transgender community on Friday, May 5 at 6pm at the Seattle Public Library Capitol Hill Branch (425 Harvard Ave E). With a screening of the film NO DUMB QUESTIONS followed by a brief introduction to transgender concepts and an open discussion led by Translations film festival director Sam Berliner this is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to support our community.

There are a number of free and discounted screenings at this year's festival. The first screening of every day is just $5 online ($6 at the box office) and all the screenings at 12th Avenue Arts and the Capitol Hill Branch Library are free.

Tickets and passes are available now at www.translationsfilmfest.org. More information at www.threedollarbillcinema.org. Check out our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/380942375604893/

About Translations
Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival is the largest transgender film festival in the world. It is a groundbreaking event that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people and the issues facing the transgender community. It's one of only a few transgender film festivals in the world, and strives to place emphasis on visibility and positive representations.

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