Tomorrow, at 6.30pm at the Duke of York Cinema, Brighton, we will be kicking off Trans* Pride 2014 with our very special film event.
This is the opening night of Trans* Pride Brighton, curated by Eyes Wide Open & My Genderation.
£1 from every ticket goes back towards Trans* Pride Brighton.
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BUY TICKETS ONLINE: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Duke_Of_Yorks/film/Trans_Pride_Brighton_Film_Night/
Order of events:
Words from Trans* Pride Committee & My Genderation / Patchwork
“I AM RACHEL” (6.48) Short documentary film created by HIV/AIDS ALLIANCE about Rachel, who lives in Namibia.
MY GENDERATION / PATCHWORK: *EXCLUSIVE* Fox & Lew share 12 short films about gender variant individuals living in the UK, commissioned by All About Trans for Channel 4 and beyond. (mygenderation.com)
Short break (5 mins)
FICTIONAL shorts: “I’m in (L)” (1.19) Short fashion-y film about someone’s masculine side meeting their feminine side (Kindly donated by www.transgender-film-festival.de)
“James Dean” (7.13) - Winner of many awards, written & directed by Lucy Elliot, founder of LUYD films (lockupyourdaughtersmagazine.co.uk)
KATASTROPHE “Wake Me I’m Dreaming” (4.20) directed by Directed by Sarah Tricker. This is a double whammy music video, featuring Rocco rapping on two tracks about love lost and moving on.
“HOUSE FOR SALE” (17.26) A man is cheating on his wife, in suburbia (Kindly donated by www.transgender-film-festival.de)
ARCADE FIRE: “We Exist” (6.22) Submitted by the director David Wilson for Trans* Pride Brighton
MORE TO BE CONFIRMED!!
See you there! :)
I now have an aerodynamic silver carry case, with a fully functioning handle (!!), in which I cram in my camera, lens, gold light reflector, audio recording device, mic, laptop, external hard drives, chargers, leads and batteries.
On the 29th of Jan, I hopped on a London-bound train to London, specifically Elephant & Castle, to navigate its’ underground maze and a drink at one of the more downbeat Weatherspoons, while I waited for Lewis Hancox.
We hoofed it through the rain to the tube to South Woodford, where we were met by Nicky, who opened the boot of a large and elegant silvery blue saloon car, to store our equipment. We said hello to her partner in the driving seat, a trans-woman called Rebecca Sawyer, who kept the motor running. In the boot where I stashed my case, I noted folded up karate uniforms, and we discovered that Rebecca is actually a black belt (a 5th Dan!) & karate instructor.
Rebecca has developed her clairvoyant skills sufficiently to carve out an entirely new career, hosting psychic events. Our sole purpose for the evening was to film her ‘in action’, for inclusion in the first batch of short documentary films, in conjunction with All About Trans for Channel 4 and beyond.
We arrived at what seemed to be a semi-trading estate and parked, leaving Bex to have five minutes alone in the car, mentally preparing herself for her role as a psychic.
It seemed quiet and dark in the car park and I was unsure what sort of turnout there would be at the event. We rounded the corner and I was instantly blinded by neon signs emanating from one single source, our destination for the night. The few smokers parted in the middle so we could reach the glass door to Mac’s Cafe, a diner / bar.
There were bums on every seat in the room, alongside the bar and around every table (except for one table with a hand-written sign; ‘Reserved…Don’t even think about it’).
In this brightly lit space, there was an element of expectation, the static before an expected event. The main purpose here was not drinking nor socialising. There was a lack of chat, no murmers. Neat orderly people. Waiting. Some people even had their coats still on.
We gingerly set up our cameras, excited about the evening’s events.
Bex walked through the glass door and immediately held court. This was a charity event on home turf and she had loads of support. Money exchanged hands quickly and expertly, in exact amounts, three pound coins, collected by the sassy owner with the red ‘do.
After an initial segment involving tears from a couple of women right next to me, Bex said ‘Charlie’ and ‘Grandparents which died quite close together’ and then ‘Fisher-man’ — No one else seemed to really connect with this and I felt very close to all those clues —My sister is called Charlie. Our family name is Fisher. Sid my grandfather had come through.
My beloved Grandparents had both croaked when I was 14 years old, within 6 months of each other. My Grandma died first, with the entire family around her hospital bed. She had been in the process of giving up smoking and had taken a bad fall. After my Grandma died I never saw my Grandad happy again. He was a broken man. He died six months to the day of her death, on New Year’s Eve before the new year could begin. I miss them both loads. They were great people and I have fond memories of being spoilt rotten by them.
His approval, appeared unexpectedly from beyond the grave, and was one of the most wonderful things to experience. Sidney (my Grandad) was the type to light up a room and says I have the same gift. He teased Rebecca about being trans*. He said that I was ending a cycle. That things were looking up. That it’s about me for now and soon I will find my soulmate. The same closeness that he had with my grandma, Elsa. Amazing and unexpected that the man who had stormed the beaches at Normandy called me courageous.
I was reminded of my chat 6 months ago with Robin Esser (Senior Daily Mail Editor) about the older generation and their inability to understand transgender issues. Robin said ‘You can’t expect anyone over 65 to get it’ — Well my own Grandad would have been 92 if he was still alive and today he gave me his approval from beyond the grave! (Not to mention that being transgender is not a new fangled modern affliction so why would there be any age restrictions on acceptance?.)
Often I have wondered whether my lovely grandparents would have understood and supported my transition, who I am today, and now I know the undeniable truth. They are rooting for me. The love they had for me as a child, remains strong.
Here’s the incident on film. (The footage kicks in after a few minutes)
On Sunday 23rd Feb, from 1.30pm at the Jubilee Library, join Lewis and I for a special FREE film event.
Trans* comedian and actor Ben Pritchard will be introducing the following trans* based films, created in Brighton & beyond:
Trans*Symposium: Fox, Alice and E-J discuss gender binary & whether it is important to be “out” or “stealth” as a trans* person. Produced by James Marcus Tucker and Michael Urwin. (15 mins)
Filmed & edited by Raphael Fox and Lewis Hancox. We will be discussing the ‘My Genderation’ film project and showing some of our work. (25 mins)
STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen is brought to life by the stories of six thoughtful, eloquent and diverse transmen. Each man brings a colourful and complex richness as he describes his relationship to himself, as well as others in his life. (78 minutes)
Hope to see you there! Please share this post, thanks :)