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Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen


This unprecedented documentary offers an eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono, share their personal reactions and resistance to gender stereotypes in some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments. Grappling with films like A Florida Enchantment, Dog Day Afternoon, and Boys Don’t Cry, and with shows like All in the Family, The L Word, and Pose, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen traces a history that is dehumanizing yet also evolving, complex, and at times humorous. Examining this collective narrative provides a striking view of how our perceptions of trans characters have been shaped through the decades.

Insightful trans director Sam Feder confronts unexamined assumptions, reframing familiar scenes and iconic characters through a new lens. Where Jerry Springer and Ace Ventura once captured the American imagination, they now elicit new feelings. Disclosure provokes a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people—but also media itself.

YEAR 2020

CATEGORY Documentary Premieres


RUN TIME 100 min

COMPANY Disclosure Films LLC

WEBSITE http://www.disclosurethemovie.com/

EMAIL samfeder7@gmail.com

PHONE (917) 279-3010


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Artist Bio

Sam Feder

Sam Feder was cited by IndieWire as an “exciting trans filmmaker shaking up Hollywood.” Feder’s work centers gender, race, and class, connecting current activist struggles to the past. Feder’s feature Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger was named as one of The Advocate’s favorite films of 2014. Feder's work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Fork Films, the Jerome Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.