Queer & Trans Shorts

Program Runtime: 93 minutes
Q&A to follow screening

The Queer & Trans Shorts program showcases narratives within the LGBTQ community often underrepresented within the mainstream. With a wide variety of comedy, drama, and documentary shorts, the series is sure to contain something for everyone.

Film Shorts

New Deep South: House of JXN
2018 | USA | 9 minutes
Directed by: Rosie Haber
Written by: Rosie Haber & Lauren Cioffi

A group of queer and gender non-conforming people in Jackson, Mississippi form a social structure called Rainbow Families. House of JXN follows them as they come together to offer each other support, protection, and love in one of the most dangerous cities in the country. House of JXN is part of a larger doc digital series called New Deep South.

2018 | USA | 15 minutes
Written & Directed by: Kase Pena

A transgender woman navigates life while dealing with a pesky teenage neighborhood boy who's in love with her, a married lover with empty promises and a family back home who demands financial support at any cost, even her personal safety.

Burton Before and After
2017 | USA | 15 minutes
Directed by: Courtney Hermann and Kerribeth Elliott

Fifteen years after Burton began his gender-affirming transition, he receives a call from a friend who has uncovered a cache of home video footage documenting that time in his life.

2018 | USA | 24 minutes
Directed & Written by: Maren H. Jensen

An African American family living in South Central Los Angeles faces
challenges when their patriarch–John, an LAPD officer–struggles to come out to their family about their gender identity.

Happy Birthday, Marsha!
2018 | USA | 14 minutes
Directed by: Tourmaline Gossett and Sasha Wortzel

Happy Birthday, Marsha! commemorates Black trans activist and performer Marsha "Pay It No Mind" Johnson and her role in instigating the 1969 anti-policing riots at the Stonewall Inn, a watershed event for the gay liberation movement. The film interweaves imagined scenes with found archival footage to counter the endemic erasure of trans women of color from narratives of political resistance.The film stars Independent Spirit Award Winner Mya Taylor as Johnson with cinematography by Sundance winner Arthur Jafa and an original score by Geo Wyeth.

Pinky Gurung
2018 | Nepal | 13 minutes
Written & Directed by: Gopal Shivakoti

Members of Nepal’s LGBTI community were once openly derided as “social pollutants,” but now enjoy social and political rights including legal recognition of a third gender, that put the country leagues ahead of much of the rest of the world. The past decade has proved critical in that evolution, as LGBTI activists won significant victories in Nepal’s courts. 

Community Partners

Dyke Day LA

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Arts Council for Long Beach 

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