Translations Film Festival Celebrates 10th Year

Translations Film Festival Celebrates 10th Year

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Fallon Fox in Game Face
Fallon Fox in Game Face
Full program and tickets available April 18

Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival marks a decade of sharing the stories of the transgender community with an exciting four-day lineup befitting a festival that has become an internationally-recognized event.

Translations will run May 7-10, 2015 at Northwest Film Forum and the 12th Avenue Arts building.

Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few film festivals in the world that focus on providing a venue for films by, for and about transgender people. The festival began as a series of screenings at the Gender Odyssey Conference, and has blossomed into an internationally-recognized film event.

Program highlights include the opening night screening of Game Face with subject Fallon Fox appearing in person. This inspiring documentary follows transgender mixed martial arts fighter Fallon Fox and gay Oklahoma college basketball player Terrence Clemens through an emotional and harrowing arc as they agonize whether, when, and how to come out and deal with the ramifications from the fans, allies, officials, and media after they do.

Also making an entrance at Translations, the world premiere of Seattle-based band ManDate’s Oral History, featuring the talents of Clyde Petersen (Gender Failure, Boating with Clyde), Marc Mazique, Corey J. Brewer, and special guest Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne) on Saturday, May 9. This show will take you on a journey through the changing landscapes of Seattle, politics, queer history, and the strange and wonderful world of VHS tapes.

Closing night consists of the award-winning new romantic comedy Two 4 One. Maureen Bradley’s debut feature (and winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at the Victoria Film Festival and Best Canadian Fiction Film at Available Light Film Festival) is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unlikely predicament.

The festival will show dozens of films from around the world, including the award-winning Sundance and Cannes dramas 52 Tuesdays from Australia, Argentina’s XXY, and the U.S.-made Drunktown’s Finest. A variety of perspectives and genres are highlighted in the short film programs” Art as Narrative,” “Transgender Family,” “I Believe in Me,” and the “10th Anniversary Retrospective.”

Festival Director Sam Berliner said, “It’s been quite the year for transgender folks in the media – from Laverne Cox making history as both the first transgender actor to be nominated for an Emmy and the first trans person on the cover of Time magazine; to Janet Mock’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Redefining Realness; to the TV series Transparent winning two Golden Globes; to 14-year-old Jazz Jennings becoming a nationally known activist, just to name a few. However, we are also enduring an epidemic of trans youth suicides, and facing staggering rates of violence at the hands of transphobia. The trans community has come so far and yet there’s so much more work to do. I hope that through the power of cinema we might change minds, educate, heal, and continue to celebrate our beautiful community.”

Tickets range from $8-$15, and a full festival pass is $70.

There are also a number of free and discounted programs this year. Kumu Hina, presented by Pride Asia, will screen for free on Sunday, May 3 at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Ascendance: Angels of Change is the special Friday $5 discounted screening at 5 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum. There is a free 10th Anniversary Panel Discussion at the 12th Avenue Arts Building on Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m., followed by a free retrospective screening of the award-winning drama XXY at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 10 at12:15 p.m. at the Northwest Film Forum there is a free shorts program, Transgender Families.

Full program and tickets available April 18. For complete capsule listings, tickets, and a schedule of all films featured, visit the website: translations.strangertickets.com.

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