10 september 2001
Transgender Filmfestival (NTGF)
Dutch Transgender Film Festival
3th - 7th October 2001
Cultureel Centrum De Balie, Amsterdam, Holland
T-Image Foundation presents in collaboration with Cinema de
Balie from 3 till 7 October the Dutch Transgender Film Festival
(NTGF) at De Balie in Amsterdam. This 5-day festival offers you
a programme of 16 screenings, three lectures, Q&A discussions
at the Festival Salon and a photo exhibition of works by Wilma van
der Hel. International guests and filmmakers will be joining us
during this 5-day celebration of transgender cinema & culture.
Opening Night Film: Southern Comfort
On October 3th, the NTGF will open its festival with the Dutch premiere
of Southern Comfort from director Kate Davis, winner of the Best
Documentary Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2001. This documentary
on the FTM Robert Eads shows the hostile medical environment that
refuses to treat his ovarian cancer, all because medical professionals
are in fear of losing their reputation under the repressive climate
of Robert's homeland.
Apart from the Opening Night Film, many other films are presented
for the first time to the Dutch audience, like the documentary A
Boy Named Sue from director Julie Wyman, the first film which captures
seven years of the transformation process of a ftm on screen. Furthermore:
the visual extravaganza of Shu Lea Cheang's Sci-Fi Porn I.K.U.,
the film version of Banana Yoshimoto's bestseller Kitchen, and the
documentary Paradise Bent about the social importance of boys raised
as girls on Samoa.
focus on Southeast Asia: Asian Expressions
This festival focuses on representations of transgenders from the
Southeast Asian region, showing comedies, documentary, martial arts
films and science fiction film, ranging from Singapore to Hong Kong
and Japan. We will be showing Stanley Kwan's personal documentary
Yang + Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema; the Japanese cult classic
Summer Vacation: 1999, a story that deals with Japan's fascination
of straight women for (ideal) gay love; and the ultimate feel good
movie Forever Fever from Singapore, an entertaining mixture of Saturday
Night Fever with Bruce Lee.
Shorts Programmes on FTM's and Intersex
The festival offers special programmes on two groups within the
community that suffer from insufficient visibility in the media:
the FTM programme and the Intersex programme. The FTM programme
offers divers short films with topics on FTM's life, including Manhood,
Straightboy Lessons and A Boy Named Sue; the Intersex Programme
shows Cheryl Chase's 1997 classic documentary Hermaphrodites Speak
and Del LaGrace Volcano and Cara Lavan's Journey Intersex. This
film programme will be followed by a lecture by Cheryl Chase on
the activities of Intersex Society of North America.
The third shorts programme, T-Shorts, is a selection of films ranging
from traditional documentaries like Boy Girl and XXXY to experimental
films like Phallocy, the satire Almost Human and the funny family
portrait of No Dumb Questions, the winner of the Audience Award
at the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2001.
by Cheryl Chase and Susan Stryker
As mentioned earlier, Cheryl Chase, the founder of Intersex Society
of North America (ISNA), will give a lecture on the often misinformed
subject of intersexuality on Sunday October 7th at 4pm. The ISNA
was awarded the Human Rights Award by the The International Gay
& Lesbian Human Rights Commission for their path breaking activities
for the rights of intersex in the U.S. Cheryl Chase will talk about
the political activities of ISNA. After her talk, Cheryl Chase will
be joined by Del LaGrace Volcano in a discussion with the audience.
(For more information on ISNA: www.isna.org).
historian and academic Susan Stryker will give a lecture on Building
a Trans Community, based on her activities for GLBT Historical Society
in San Francisco on Thursday October 4th at 8pm. Susan Stryker is
the executive director of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Historical
Society in San Francisco, editor of The Transgender Issue (Journal
of Lesbian & Gay Studies) and author of books as Gay by the
Bay: A History of Queer Culture in San Francisco Bay Area. Susan
Stryker will show clips from her work-in-progress, a documentary
on the very beginning of transgender activism in the Bay Area, Looking
For Compton's. She will be joined by Victor Silverman, co-director
of Looking for Compton's.
The third lecture of the festival will focus on drag queen contests
on Friday October 5th at 8pm. During this lecture, the audience
will be given a glimpse of the world of drag queen contests, using
rare footages dating back from the 1960's, ranging from countries
from Italy to Thailand and the Philippines.
Favourites and Surprise Film
On Sunday October 7th, the two most popular programmes will be repeated
at the Audience Favourites screenings at 4pm and 8pm. Check the
festival website for the latest updates. The festival's closing
film is a sneak preview from Southeast Asia; a comedy with a tolerant
Cultureel Centrum de Balie, Kleine Gartmansplantsoen 10, Amsterdam.
Reservation from September 17th : tel. +31 (0)20 - 5535100.
more information on NTGF: Jac-Paul Spaas, tel: +31 (0)71-5125-132,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org orwebsite www.transgenderfilmfestival.com
Transgender Filmfestival (NTGF)
c/o T-Image Foundation, P.O. Box 15650, 1001 ND, Amsterdam, The
NTGF is sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and
Art, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds and
T-Image Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to encourage
visibility of the transgender culture by organising cultural events.