Gender Reel, is the fist and only film and performance art festival dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming and transgender people, experiences and images, to take place in four cities across the nation.
Gender Reel, was started by a group of Philadelphia based activists in 2010 and has since expanded to include three addtional cities across the U.S. The festival will be held Sept 19-21, 2013 in Portland, OR, Oakland, CA, Minneapolis, MN, and Philadelphia, PA.
Over the past two years, Gender Reel has featured over 50 films, performance, art and photography pieces and 15 workshops, panel discussions and Q & A's. Organizers continue to work hard to create an inclusive, empowering and fun event for people of all ages, genders, orientations, cultures, identities and experiences.
2013 Festival highlights so far include, but are not limited to:
- A tribute to filmmaker Christopher Lee, the first trans filmmaker to create, direct and produce erotica featuring trans men.
- A performance piece and guest speaking engagement by JamieAnn Meyers (Minneapolis) and Fairy Butch Karlyn Issac Lotney (Oakland).
- Premier of TroubleFilms newest trans inclusive porn, Trans Babes.
- National performances by trans youth of color.
- Over 20 independently created films by nationally recognized filmmakers.
On June 13, Gender Reel will be hosting a mini film festival at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Four amazing films, Austin Unbound, Bye Bye Baby Box, The Difference and the Sisterhood, from the 2012 festival will be featured.
In addition to hosting a mini film festival, Gender Reel will be vending at the conference. If you are attending PTHC and want to learn more about Gender Reel please swing by our vending table during the conference on Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 10 am-4 pm.
Filmmakers and Performance Artists who are still interested in submitting work to Gender Reel can do so through our submission form located on the website. The submission process remains open unitl June 20, 2013.
Other ways to get involved and/or support Gender Reel include: Volunteering at an event, becoming a sponsor and placing an ad on our website or program guide. Details regarding these options can also be clarified by consulting our website.
Gender Reel is a festival for the community, by the community and we need your support to keep it going strong.