Unfortunately Sydney Freeland is no longer able to make the event. We look forward to welcoming Sydney back to Sundance Collab at another time.

At a time of increased anti-trans sentiment, propaganda, legislation, and violence, how can storytelling help us materialize the necessary conditions for trans people to survive and thrive? Furthermore, how can storytelling help compel cisgender people to show up for transgender people? In conjunction with the Trans Possibilities Intensive, and moderated by Sundance Institute Equity, Impact, and Belonging Manager and Trans Possibilities Intensive Founder, Moi Santos, this exclusive conversation with esteemed filmmakers Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest) and Aitch Alberto (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) interrogates trans cultural production and representation – its limits and its liberties, its comforts and its confines. 

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Moi Santos is the Manager for the Equity, Impact, and Belonging Program at Sundance Institute. In this role, Moi works across all Sundance Institute Artist Programs to deepen engagement with, and support of, storytellers and audiences across ethnicities, genders, abilities, sexual orientations, and geographic regions. She also designs, oversees, supports and executes diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She is the Founder of the Trans Possibilities Intensive, a robust initiative which provides a supportive environment for transgender artists of color to work on their projects, sharpen their craft, develop community and challenge the obstacles that continue to exclude transgender artists of color. She 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. more...
Sydney Freeland is an Emmy-nominated film and TV writer and director. Her TV directing work spans a wide range of shows including Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Grey’s Anatomy, Fear The Walking Dead, The Wilds, and Rutherford Falls among others. more...
Aitch Alberto is a writer/director born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is a Sundance Episodic Lab fellow, recipient of a Skowhegan Artist Residency, a Yaddo fellowship, a Latino Screenwriting Project Fellowship, and an alumnus of the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. Aitch has written on DUSTER, a 1970s-set crime drama series from J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan for HBO Max. more...

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