In 2014, TIME Magazine decreed a “transgender tipping point” in terms of legal rights, visibility, and representation. Yet misrepresentation, discrimination, and violence against transgender people is increasing at an alarming rate. In conjunction with the Trans Possibilities Intensive, join visionary filmmakers Tourmaline (Happy Birthday, Marsha!) and Sam Feder (Disclosure) in an exclusive conversation with Sundance Institute’s Outreach & Inclusion and Indigenous Programs Coordinator, Moi Santos, for a discussion on their filmmaking processes and praxes, the state of transgender representation and cultural production, and the power of storytelling as an agent of cultural change.

About the Sundance Outreach & Inclusion Program

Inclusion is one of the core values driving Sundance Institute’s work. The Outreach & Inclusion Program encompasses our initiatives across all programs within our organization to deepen engagement with and support of storytellers and audiences across ethnicities, genders, abilities, sexual orientations, and geographic regions. In doing so, we work to increase the diversity of projects submitted for consideration to all Institute programs—including labs, intensives, grants, and the Sundance Film Festival—and to inspire emerging artists to tell their stories.

Moi Santos is the Coordinator for the Indigenous and Outreach & Inclusion programs at Sundance Institute. She is originally from the San Fernando Valley and holds a degree in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in visual culture and gender studies from the University of California, Berkeley -- where she graduated magna cum laude. After five years, Moi returned to Los Angeles eager to combine her passion for visual storytelling with her academic background in the humanities. more...
Sam Feder
Sam Feder is a Peabody Award nominated film director. Cited by Indiewire as one of the “exciting trans filmmakers shaking up Hollywood”, Sam’s films explore the intersection of visibility and politics along the lines of race, class, and gender. Sam’s filmmaking practice models inclusion and equity in the industry. Sam’s films have been programmed by Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, CPH:DOX, MOMA PS-1, The British Film Institute, The Hammer Museum, and in hundreds of film festivals around the world.

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