Jenni Olson is a Berkeley-based queer film historian, writer, and filmmaker who is the proud proprietor of Butch.org, which features more information about all of her work as a longtime champion of LGBTQ+ cinema.
Featuring such highlights as the uplifting children’s film Pete, the star-studded drama Vámonos, and the quirky comedy Monsieur le Butch, this celebration of gender nonconforming heroes also showcases powerful rarities starring the butch dykes and transmasc pioneers of the early 1990s who blazed the trail for us today (plus a rare 1960s butch home movie treat!). This series features Bay Area subjects and films—Max (directed by Monika Treut), Jenni Olson’s Sometimes, and Ifé, a film portrait of a Black French lesbian in San Francisco—and recent digital restorations Stafford’s Story and Trans, preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Films in this Screening
Bret Parker, United States, 2022
A heartwarming animated short about gender identity, Little League baseball, the people who inspire change by being themselves, and the superheroes who allow that change to happen.
Adventures with Tony
United States, 1960s
A remarkable series of fragments of home movie footage featuring a young butch on vacation with her father in New Jersey. A rarity from the Jenni Olson Queer Film Collection at the Harvard Film Archive.
Susan Muska, United States, 1992
Stafford describes an encounter at a San Francisco sex club.
Monika Treut, United States/Germany, 1992
Pioneering trans man Max Wolf Valerio talks about his life and the experience of transitioning in this groundbreaking short, one of the first portraits of a trans man on film.
Lenn Keller, United States, 1993
From noted Oakland photographer/filmmaker and Bay Area Lesbian Archives founder Lenn Keller, Ifé follows a day in the life of a Black French lesbian in San Francisco.
Sophie Constantinou, United States, 1994
A playful and pioneering portrait of trans man Henry by noted Bay Area filmmaker, and UC Berkeley Department of Film & Media alum, Sophie Constantinou.
Jenni Olson, United States, 1994
A concise poetic summary of butch identity—an early short by acclaimed essay filmmaker and Masc series cocurator Jenni Olson.
Marvin Lemus, United States, 2015
Vico Ortiz (Our Flag Means Death) and Jessica Camacho (All Rise, The Flash, Watchmen) costar in this beautiful story about what it looks like to show up as an ally for our gender nonconforming loved ones.
Monsieur le Butch
Jude Dry, United States, 2022
When Jude ends up unexpectedly living at home in their thirties, they must deal with a lovingly opinionated Jewish mother who doesn’t quite get the whole “trans thing.”