Masc: Trans Men, Butch Dykes, and Gender Nonconforming Heroes in Cinema

January 19–February 25, 2024

Masc is a cinematic celebration giving recognition and dignity to the courageous queer, gender nonconforming visionaries who have blazed these trails and who continue to show the way forward and inspire us all.

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  • The Aggressives

  • Shinjuku Boys

  • Chavela

  • Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc's Adventure in Plastic

  • Max

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Past Films

  • Shinjuku Boys

    • Sunday, February 25 5 PM
    Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams
    United Kingdom, 1995

    Shinjuku Boys, an amazing mid-1990s snapshot of AFAB gender identity in Japan, spotlights three onabe who pass as men and work as hosts at a Tokyo club.

    Jenni Olson, TT Takemoto, and Amy Sueyoshi in Conversation

  • Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastic

    • Sunday, February 25 7 PM
    Lisa Udelson
    United States, 2001

    Award-winning Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastic follows Jewish butch lesbian folk singer Phranc navigating life as a Tupperware lady.

    Lisa Udelson in Person

  • Masc—The Shorts

    • Saturday, February 17 7 PM

    This celebration of gender nonconforming heroes also showcases a powerful batch of cinematic 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!).

    Bret Parker, Pete Barma, Stafford, Sophie Constantinou, Jude Dry, and Jenni Olson in Conversation

  • The Aggressives

    • Saturday, February 17 4:30 PM
    Daniel Peddle
    United States, 2005

    This vibrant documentary follows an array of butches, studs, and masc folks of color from the New York City ballroom and nightlife scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

    Jenni Olson and Fresh “Lev” White in Conversation

  • By Hook or by Crook

    • Sunday, February 4 5 PM
    Harry Dodge, Silas Howard
    United States, 2001

    Two unconventional grifters join forces and learn the true meaning of poise under pressure in this gorgeously antiauthoritarian tale of friendship, trust, and redemption cowritten and codirected by Harry Dodge and Silas Howard.

    Introduced by Jenni Olson

  • Chavela

    • Sunday, January 28 5 PM
    Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
    Mexico/United States, 2017

    A tremendous, joyful portrait of legendary Mexican lesbian singer Chavela Vargas, told through amazing archival material and interviews with friends, colleagues, and ex-lovers.

    Introduced by Jenni Olson and Marcia Ochoa

  • Southern Comfort

    • Sunday, January 21 5 PM
    Kate Davis
    United States, 2001

    Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, Southern Comfort—produced, filmed, and edited by Kate Davis—tells the powerful story of Robert Eads, a trans man dying of ovarian cancer who was failed by his doctors yet surrounded by his loving community.

    Jenni Olson and Christoph Hanssmann in Conversation

  • No Ordinary Man

    • Friday, January 19 7 PM
    Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
    Canada, 2020

    A new consideration of trans jazz musician Billy Tipton’s life story and the media’s response to it, crafted by trans masculine performers and trans historians.

    Jenni Olson, Susan Stryker, and Isaac Fellman in Conversation