May 9, 2013

New films and music videos about the lives of trans people

I have found myself writing more about transgender film lately.

And while I was working on a review of the Canadian film Laurence Anyways, I got an email from the German Transgender Film Festival,  regarding their award winners of 2013.

This give me an opportunity to present a wide variety of film and music covering the whole spectrum of transgender lives and expressions, male to female and female to male.

There is a lot here that leaves an impression, and you can see for yourself.

I would like to draw attention to one interesting trend: Non-transgender people who use their art to give support to cross-dressers, drag queens and transsexuals.

I can remember one friend telling me once that I could not possible like the Pet Shop Boys, because they were homosexual. It dawned on me that there was a rule in the universe that the gay were given all the good music, probably in compensation for all the other crap they had to go through. Moreover, I learned a valuable lesson about what it means to be a "real man".

Their Winner video has now, finally, given me an explanation for my abnormal enthusiasm for gay electronica.

I am also glad to announce that fellow countryman, Morten Harket from a-ha, has made a video about a crossdresser.

We are moving forward, one step at a time!


Best Feature Movie of the Year:
ROMEOS directed by Sabine Bernardi
Romeos is a German movie about a transitioning transman who falls in love with a gay man.

 Best Trans-Performance (MtF) in Feature Movie
Devid Striesow in TRANSPAPA
German movie: Fifteen year old Maren finds out that her absent father is now Sophie.
German language trailer.
Devid Striesow in Transpapa



Best Trans-Performance (FtM) in Feature Movie
Zoe Heran in TOMBOY
French movie about the ten year old girl Laure who uses the name Mickäel.



Best Actress (non-tg-character) in Feature Movie
Luisa Sappelt in TRANSPAPA

Best Actor (non-tg-character) in Feature Movie
Maximilian Befort in ROMEOS
Befort in Romeos (left)


Best Long Documentary Film:
MAN FOR A DAY by Katarina Peters
Man for a Day is a documentary about gender activist and performance artist Diane Torr.




Best Song (long film):
VALENTINE’S DAY by Klaus Nomi
Film ROMEOS

Best Short Film:
I’M IN (L) by Gsus Lopez
Hey, here are someone who makes fun of the "autogynephilia" concept. I have seen it all now!


I'M IN (L) from Gsus Lopez on Vimeo.

Best Trans-Performance in a short Film (MtF):
Gintas Jocius in DRESSED AS A GIRL
Film about male to female crossdreamer who dreams about being a girl singing on stage.


Best Short Documentary:
VICTOR by Buck Angel
From the movie Sexing the Transman, about the sexuality of transsexual men.




Best Song in a Short Film:
HIDE & WAIT  interpreted by Gintas Jocius
written and composed by David Rubin
in DRESSED AS A GIRL

Best Film Website:
Peaches Does Herself

Best Concert Performance:
AUF DER REEPERBAHN NACHTS UM HALB EINS by Elke Winter

THAT’S WHAT I AM by Conchita Wurst

WE STAND by Our Lady J




Best Music Video:
HEY JANE by Spiritualized



I’M THE ONE by Morten Harket



THIS IS MY LIFE by Mandy



WINNER by Pet Shop Boys

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