Gender Reel, is a national event dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming, gender variant/queer and transgender people, identities and experiences. Our goal is to empower filmmakers and performance artists to create work reflective of this mission by providing an accessible and embracing platform where this work can be displayed.
Gender Reel, is a festival for the community, by the community!
In October 2010, two Gender Reel organizers embarked on a brainstorming process about ways to enhance the visibility of gender non-conforming and transgender people (GNC&T). We were simply not seeing the images we wanted to see in more mainstream GLB*T*Q film and art festivals around the county and wanted to do something to change that.
After coming up with a name for the festival, and talking about the concept at greater length, we felt it was important to extend an invitation to others who might be interested in helping organize and create—what we believe would be—an amazing event!
On December 28, 2010, Gender Reel held its first Organizers meeting. At that time, nine individuals came together, and hashed out their personal concepts and ideas about what a festival like Gender Reel might look like. It was at this point—as a result of the amazing energy circulating in that room—when Gender Reel was officially born.
In addition to being committed to visibility, accessibility, awareness and empowerment, Gender Reel, is dedicated to diversity in terms of the filmmakers and performance artists who submit work, as well as the kind of things that are showcased at the festival.
Following the success of two well-attended festivals in Philadelphia, PA in 2011 and 2012, Gender Reel held festivals in four cities around the United States; Oakland, CA, Portland, OR, Minneapolis, MN, and Philadelphia, PA, in 2013. 2014 plans include expanding to 10 cities around the country.
Our Non-profit Status:
In December 2013, Gender Reel's Board will start the process of submitting all necessary paperwork needed to become a non-profit organization. While we recognize this process takes a while, we are committed to getting it done. Over the next year, we will post details about this process on the website in an effort to keep all GR supporters updated about our non -profit status.