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Tranny Fest - Gender Armageddon: This Is The Future
San Francisco's 2001 Tranny Fest Week Celebrates The Sweet Complexities

Report from
Deborah Levinson

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Tranny Fest, scheduled to be held November 13 through November 18, 2001 in San Francisco, will be North America's first film festival and cultural week dedicated to generating positive media images of transgendered people. The festival is scheduled to include over 30 described by the hosts as, "ground breaking films."

Amongst its offerings the week will feature a variety of performances, panel discussions, and parties, climaxing in a glamorous explosion coined "The Transgender and Transgenre Cinema Film Festival." According to the promoters, over the course of the film festival, audiences will be treated to over 30 "finger-snappin', groin-bumping, tear-jerking, heartwarming, gut-bustin' mix of experimental, documentary, drama, and pornographic films."

This year's event offers an out-of-this-world, sci-fi vibe theme entitled, "Gender Armageddon: This Is The Future." Sci-fi fans, as well as Trans* and their fans, will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a costume contest hosted by the stunning Empress Alexis Miranda (Imperial Court System of San Francisco).

Tranny Fest plans to include a diverse blend of cultures in all its programming, including as many genres as genders.

Tranny Fest was established 1997, and is a week long celebration of the sweet complexities of the Transgender experience. Tranny Fest includes panel discussions, performances and parties, and is dedicated to generating positive media images of transgendered people. Tranny Fest attempts to portray the totality and richness of transgendered lives. Tranny Fest strives to be inclusive of the various racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities, which make up the larger transgendered/queer community. Tranny Fest is based in San Francisco where it produces a yearly film festival and a week of events celebrating Tranny culture and through collaboration with community-based non-profit agencies provides outreach and education to and about the transgender community. This year's Festival Directors are Christopher Lee and Alison Austin.

Scheduled Events
A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, November 13, 8-9PM
Good Vibrations Retail Store
1210 Valencia Street, San Francisco Admission: Free
This stimulating and thought-provoking panel discussion will shed new light on the breakthroughs in science, the law and the media within the transgender community. Reception to follow directly after panel discussion.

Distinguished Panel Includes: Shannon Minter, Senior Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Ana Maldonado, Primary Care Clinician at Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services. Serving Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and questioning women in the Bay Area. Machiko Saito, Filmmaker, Producer and Director of the video "Pink Eye" screening at this year's Festival. Moderated by Sel J. Wahang Ph.D. candidate in the dept. of Performance Studies, New York University, and managing editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Additional panelists TBA

Wednesday, November 14th, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Lexington Club 3464 19th St. bet. Mission and Valencia Streets, San Francisco
A mixer celebrating the "Lesbian and Bi-identified Transwoman" Everyone welcome. Meet the Tranny Fest stars, film makers and friends and chat it up at the Lex. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments provided 21 and older please Admission: Free

Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18th.
Schedule to be announced.
Films to be presented all day and night. Over 30 films and videos will be featured at the historical Roxie Cinema 3117 16th St. @ Valencia Street, San Francisco Saturday night includes the Multi-Galaxy Costume Contest hosted by the Flaming Futuristic Empress Alexis Miranda of the Imperial Court. Come to the screening in full, sci-fi regalia and win a prize!

Additional Highlights of Tranny Fest Tranny Fest Hub The Lexington Club, 3464 19th Street in San Francisco, is the official "Tranny Fest Watering Hole" for the week of the festival.

Tranny Fest Snack Shack, Trans Youth Art Display and Trans Video Lounge Meet, Greet and Be Mary!
For the entire week of Tranny Fest, the official "Tranny Fest Snack Shack and Trans Video Lounge" will be located the Bearded Lady Café, 485 14th Street at Valencia Street, San Francisco.
Open M-F 7:00AM - 7:00PM; Weekends 9:00AM - 7:00PM.

More Tranny Week events to be announced. For more information, to request a screener tape for Tranny Fest, or to set up an interview with the producers or directors, please contact Andrea Burnett @ 650.589.1962 or visit www.trannyfest.com.

[Special Note From the Producers: All events at Tranny Fest are scent-free spaces. Please help others that maybe allergic to scented products join in the fun by refraining from wearing scented products]

Additional contributors this piece include: Tranny Fest


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