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On Gender

A blind date, an experience of profound loss, adventures with close friends in Oakland — the stories of our lives, much like gender, exist in variation and nuance. Enjoy some titles from our library representing the gender spectrum, on and off camera.

BFI FLARE London LGBT Film Festival, Translations Seattle Transgender Film Festival, +25 MORE

2016 Short Drama, LGBTQ

A transgender guy faces difficult life circumstances as he tries to find new ways to express old and familiar feelings.

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Twist Seattle Queer Film Festival, Out on Film, +22 MORE

2016 Short Animation, Documentary, LGBTQ

A queer oddball seeks approval from black peers despite a serious lack of Hip-Hop credentials. The quest for undeniable acceptance of their racial identity takes them from Missouri, to New York, and halfway around the world in this animated documentary.

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"In “black enuf*,” Carrie Hawks recalls the journey for acceptance"

New York Times

NBCU Shorts Fest , Los Angeles Film Festival, +7 MORE

2014 Series LGBTQ, Drama

Jack, Davyn, Max and Aiden are four friends navigating life and love, who also happen to be transgender. This groundbreaking series shines light on a never-before-seen narrative in TV.

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Montréal World Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, +2 MORE

2015 Feature LGBTQ, Drama, Romance

Journey deep into the free-spirited, drug-fueled, queer paradise of contemporary Berlin. A struggling American writer meets a Russian immigrant escort, and introduces him to his world. As they venture through Berlin's layered history and unique subculture, their relationship takes new form.

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"I found the overall package more interesting as a moment in life, a coming-of-age tale set within a backdrop of Gregg Araki and Candy Darling name drops, in-between drugs and über-Eurotrash club performances. It's a polarizing slice of a new subculture, about those who can afford to find themselves abroad—and live inside mise-en-scene that seems like the project of an entire arts school. The movie is too vibrant to be overlooked, even if some viewers might walk away from (or out of) it with their brain matter in their hands."

www.RogerEbert.com

Trans Nation Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, +1 MORE

2017 Short Comedy, LGBTQ, Family

J’s manic depressive mother, Mary Jane, had a heart attack when J told her that she was transgender. She developed amnesia as a result. The two reunite on a weekend adventure to face their fears and manage to keep their monsters at bay.

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Outfest Los Angeles, Newfest New York LGBT Film Festival, +4 MORE

2016 Short Drama, LGBTQ

A successful trans woman is set up on a blind date by her best friend, but she's immediately turned off when she finds out he shares a name with her ex. The blind date ensues through miscommunication, misdirection and a reconciliation.

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"Ryans is a charming 14-minute criticism of the casual discrimination that takes place while dating, spanning from preconceived judgments against transgender women to grudges against guys with the same name as your ex."

Broadly. by Vice

Frameline International LGBTQ Festival, Outfest LA Film Festival, +3 MORE

2016 Feature Documentary, LGBTQ, Romance

A powerful vérité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole Ray Davis is a young trans man who uses his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs to counter the bigotry he experiences daily.

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"Things start to look tough in the doc's second half, as the practical realities of grown-up life pile on top of some already considerable stresses. But in its admiring account of Cole's perseverance, Deep Run remains both optimistic and sweet."

The Hollywood Reporter

San Francisco Trans Film Festival, MIX NYC, +1 MORE

2015 Short LGBTQ, Family

An autobiographical short, intercut with personal phone calls and images, about a filmmaker trying to navigate their newly understood gender identity, while trying to make a coming-of-age movie.

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Palm Springs International ShortFest, SOUL celebrate:connect , +4 MORE

2017 Short Drama, LGBTQ, Family

While singing to a live audience, Viv shines. But off stage, a concerning health issue forces her to return home and confront deep-seated family issues.

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Outfest, Houston QFest, +17 MORE

2012 Short LGBTQ, Coming-of-Age, Romance

What happens when Rachel, the violin-playing 'token straight friend' in her group, meets genderqueer guitar-playing Sammy? If you love (or hate) Glee, you'll probably love this festival fave.

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Frameline, Outfest, +3 MORE

2015 Series LGBTQ, Comedy

Masculine-of-center roommates Alex and Gin are surrounded by a diverse group of friends who support and challenge them while they struggle with staying true to themselves in a queer world full of options.

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"I know what you’re thinking: You don’t need another web-series in your life...I hear you. I do. And yet, I’d like to introduce you to Dyke Central, your new web obsession."

After Ellen

SF SHORTS, VERONA IFF, +9 MORE

2017 Short Documentary, Experimental, LGBTQ

An exploration in gender expression through the private life of a 75-year-old gentleman who regularly transforms himself into a living doll named Sherry.

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Urbanworld Film Festival, DC Shorts, +10 MORE

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2018 Short Drama, LGBTQ

Recently mute Casey is badgered into going to a party with her best friend. On the way, they witness the assault of a transgender woman. Their friendship is put to the test when Casey must decide if she will stay with the woman or leave before the police arrive.

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