The six films in this program address what it is like to exist as trans and/or Two-Spirit (2S) outside of large cities. Shifting between experimental autobiographical narratives and documentary works, STILL (,) HERE intimately explores the fluctuating relationships we have as humans trying to navigate our lives with external forces constantly reminding us of our otherness.
The documentary focus of the screening is gently disrupted by Kennlin Barlow’s allegorical and poetic compilation Above a Grey/Green Sea. This work, which is not (yet) in CFMDC’s catalogue, beautifully emphasizes the importance of stillness and looking to our surroundings when it comes to identity formation.
Trans and 2S subjects are continually portrayed by dominant culture as struggling through physical and emotional journeys, always moving, always trying to get to a different and perceived better place. This screening is my first attempt at locating trans and 2S filmmakers/narratives that place an emphasis on something beyond stereotypical transition narratives, beyond justifying our existence.
This screening is followed by a roundtable discussion between curator B.G-Osborne and artists Kennlin Barlow and Gil Goletski at 5:30pm EDT.
HOLE by Gil Goletski (Canada / 6:03 / 2018 )
Mo is an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They spend a lot of time in their brain. Today, a hole started following them.
Handsome & Majestic by Jeff Lee Petry and Nathan Drillot (Canada / 11:57 / 2016)
"Handsome & Majestic" follows the story of Milan Halikowski, a teenager from the rural city of Prince George, BC. As a recently transitioned transgender boy, Milan deals with discrimination and abuse from his peers and teachers at school, as he seeks to find other kids like himself. Throughout these hardships, he becomes a role model and an advocate for trans people in his small community and beyond.
Do I Have Boobs Now? by Milena Salazar and Joella Cabalu (Canada / 6:42 / 2017)
In 2015, Victoria-based trans activist Courtney Demone launched the viral online campaign #DoIHaveBoobsNow, in which she posted topless photos of her transition on social media while undergoing hormone replacement therapy. One year later, Demone revisits the global conversation she catalyzed on social media censorship policies and the sexualization of feminine bodies, and reflects on the impacts of being thrust into the critical spotlight as a visible trans activist and queer feminist.
Au pays des esprits (Home of the Buffalo) by Rémy Huberdeau (Canada / 4:26 / 2009)
Constructed from Canadian prairie archival images taken between 1920 and 1940, this film lyrically explores a son/daughter's relationship with his/her father and the family's relationship to their land.
Above a Grey/Green Sea by Kennlin Barlow (Canada / 11:53 / 2020)
Rejected footage from between 2014-2015 that is an allegory of youth, love and the refusal of letting go of the past.
Angela by Sean Horlor and Steve Adams (Canada / 11:33 / 2016)
This short documentary explores a week in the life of Angela—a roller derby athlete and transgender rights activist in Alberta, Canada. As a jammer for the Calgary All-Stars team, she skates under the name Easy Break Oven and is a role model in the local derby community. She also coaches kids from the small-towns surrounding the city, which is one of the most conservative and religious parts of the country. While preparing for her first derby match of the season, she begins to see her teammates and her life in a new light.