2019 TRANSUARY FILM SERIES
presented by the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services and
Planned Parenthood of the Souther Finger Lakes’ Out For Health: LGBT Health & Wellness Program
Three Award Winning Documentaries on Transgender Life in the 21st Century
Man Made – Wed, Jan 16 at 7 pm – BUY TICKETS
Call Her Ganda – Sat, Jan 19 at 2 pm – BUY TICKETS
TransMilitary – Wed, Jan 30 at 7 pm – BUY TICKETS
Ithaca College’s Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services and Planned Parenthood’s Out For Health: LGBT Health & Wellness program have partnered with Cinemapolis to present the inaugural Transuary Film Series. The three part program will feature screenings of award-winning documentaries that highlight some of the issues facing transgender people in the 21st Century. The films are fresh from the festival circuit, where they have garnered multiple awards. Each screening will be accompanied by discussions, information, and additional local resources for transgender services and support in the community. Admission for all of these special sponsored screenings is just $5.
MAN MADE – Wednesday, January 16 at 7 pm
Four transgender men take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting competition film and a unique social justice narrative that speaks to the ways in which we choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.
CALL HER GANDA – Saturday, January 19 at 2pm
A profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé and modern David and Goliath story, Call Her Ganda follows a cast of willful women as they take on some of the most powerful institutions in the world. After the murder of Filipina transgender woman and alleged sex worker Jennifer Laude by a U.S. marine, three women invested in the case pursue justice amidst the investigation and media storm.
TRANSMILITARY – Wednesday, January 30 at 7 pm
Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military — notably the largest transgender employer in the US). Transmilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals who put their careers on the line by coming out as transgender in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.
The series sprung from a casual conversation between Luca Maurer (director of IC’s LGBT Center), Maureen Kelly (Vice President for Programming & Communication at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes) and Brett Bossard (Executive Director of Cinemapolis) at one of Ithaca College’s “Brains in a Bar” programs featuring Maurer’s expert knowledge of LGBT history. “Luca just uttered the word ‘Transuary,’ and I was sold,” says Bossard. “We’d been looking for an excuse to work together on a project, and that catchy title, along with the abundance of new documentaries covering a myriad of perspectives on transgender life, made this series an easy way for the three of us to collaborate.”
“We’re launching Transuary with the goal of increasing awareness, empathy, and action,” says Maurer. “The challenges that face transgender people aren’t about being trans, they’re about living in a society that stigmatizes and discriminates against them. Each year there’s one day set aside to remember our dead, and another day when we celebrate trans visibility. But as transgender people, we live our lives every day. As our Transuary films demonstrate, transgender people are more than an issue or a cause.” Maurer hopes that the diversity of experiences presented in the films will help audiences develop a more nuanced view of transgender life. “Once you realize, ‘Oh, this is my cousin;’ ‘This is my neighbor;’ ‘This is someone who serves alongside me;’ ‘This is someone who sits next to me at worship service;’ ‘Oh, this is me, and I’m not alone;’ that’s a powerful catalyst to understanding.”
Kelly hopes that the series can help create new bonds in the community. “We proudly care for more than 500 transgender patients in our gender affirming care program at Planned Parenthood,” she says. “The robust transgender and non-binary community in our region brings diverse needs and wishes, and yet one thing we hear often is a wish for more social opportunities. Partnering with Cinemapolis and IC’s LGBT Center to increase awareness, empathy, and action around transgender topics while gathering for films and popcorn seemed a fitting way to kick of 2019!”