Media Arts Program

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

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Kate Bornstein Is A Queer and Pleasant Danger

A film by Sam Feder

"I am super into Trans New Wave filmmakers, as this is my goal with my own work. Basically, Trans New Wave films assume that the audience has a basic Trans 101 in their back pockets already so that characters are free to embody their sexual orientations and gender identities without calling attention to it— therefore giving the film the freedom to focus on the story. It is revolutionary!"
—Sam Berliner, Director, Translations Film Festival

A self-described trans-dyke, reluctant-polyamorist, sadomasochist, and recovering Scientologist, Kate Bornstein has been instrumental in raising transgender visibility. She is a role model for a generation of people that is learning how to define its gender and sexuality, and survive in a world that frequently greets them with hate and hostility. When we can watch Laverne Cox regularly on the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black, or root for writer Janet Mock resisting Piers Morgan's transphobic narrative on his CNN talk show, we can thank Kate for paving the way. She modeled how we can tell our own stories.

By turns meditative and playful, the documentary portrait Kate Bornstein Is A Queer and Pleasant Danger invites us on a thought-provoking journey through Kate's world to seek answers to some of life's biggest questions.
Twenty-four years ago this fall, on November 9, 1990, as part of the second biannual Ways In Being Gay festival, the Hallwalls Performance program presented a special live double bill: Kate Bornstein performing her play Hidden: A Gender and Susie Bright presenting her lecture/performance All-Girl Action: the History of Lesbian Erotica. According to then Hallwalls Performance Curator and Ways In Being Gay founder Ron Ehmke, who booked the show, “[Hidden: A Gender] also brought future cabaret star Justin (later Justin Vivian) Bond to Hallwalls” (8/21/14).