This weekend (Nov. 2-4), the 4th Annual Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival takes over multiple venues around L.A. On the festival program are transgender comedies, documentaries, experimental works, art films and shorts, including the Surrealness short film program, which is co-presented by the CalArts School of Film/Video.
Among the selections for the 86-minute Surrealness program, which screens on Saturday at 4:30 pm at The Renberg Theatre, is filmmaker Rhys Ernst's 2012 Sundance selection, The Thing. The film features several CalArtians, including acting by current student Ruthie Doyle (Film/Video MFA 13), producing by Logan Kibens (Film/Video MFA 10) and assistant directing by Ian Samuels (Film/Video MFA 11). The trailer for the film is posted above.
At 6 pm on Saturday, filmmaker Silas Howard leads an Indie Filmmaking Workshop, followed by a screening of By Hook or By Crook, which he wrote and directed. Starring Critical Studies and School of Art visiting faculty Harry Dodge, By Hook or By Crook was a Sundance selection in 2002 and winner of SXSW Audience Award that year as well. Howard—who along with the film's producer Steak House have been guests artists at CalArts in recent years—will receive this year's Transgender Film Festival's 2nd Annual Trans Luminary Award.
On Sunday (Nov. 4), experimental animator Adelaide Windsome (Film/Video MFA 15) has a film, Lili Longed To Feel Her Insides, which will screen in the 90-minute Work of Art shorts program at The Workmen's Circle Cultural Center in L.A. The film is posted below:
For more information about the films and the complete festival schedule, see the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival website.
Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival
The Renberg Theatre
The Village at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center
1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles
Saturday, Nov. 3
- 4:30 pm, Surrealness short films
- 6 pm, Indie Filmmaking Workshop
- 7:30 pm, By Hook or By Crook screening
The Workmen's Circle Cultural Center
1525 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles
Sunday, Nov. 4
- 2 pm, Work of Art short films