Cruz Reynoso

Trans Francisco

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
7:30 p.m.
$7 admission or free with Lab membership ($50 level and above)
Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided
At The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco

Trans Francisco
Directed by Glenn Davis

Although considered to be the most liberal city in America, San Francisco can be extremely challenging for male-to-female transsexuals. Many face employment and social discrimination. A great number resort to dangerous sex work and prostitution. And outside of the home, almost every transsexual potentially exposes him/herself to public ridicule and, often, violence.

Trans Francisco offers an unexpected look at the daily lives of a wide range of transsexuals in San Francisco and, in the process, reveals how hard it can be to lead a “normal” life. At the same time, Glenn Davis’ brave film holds a mirror up to a city that prides itself on its tolerance, while pondering the possibilities of true acceptance in a society increasingly at war over sexuality and what happens in the bedroom.

Moderator: Marc Smolowitz
Marc Smolowitz is an Academy Award-nominated film, television & new media producer (The Weather Underground, Trembling Before G-d) and Executive Producer and Consultant to a diverse slate of San Francisco media and technology companies. He is on the faculty at the Digital Film Making program at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco, and also serves as Chair of the Technology Impact Circle at Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy group that gives grants to Bay Area nonprofits. His forthcoming films include The HIV Story Project, a short film compilation that brings together filmmakers working in creative collaboration with people living with HIV/AIDS.

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