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Sundance Selected Six Storytellers for Second Edition of Trans Possibilities Intensive

With a brand new wave of anti-trans bills sweeping throughout the United States and European Union, it’s extra essential than ever to showcase transgender and non-binary tales in media. The significance of telling these tales is paramount. Research exhibits that when individuals exterior a marginalized can see the worth of that group —even when that worth is proven by a fictional narrative —that it has an influence on the civil rights of the group and on individuals’s capability to see marginalized individuals in positions of energy (in actual and fictional worlds).

In furtherance of that aim, at the moment, the nonprofit Sundance Institute shared the names of the six transgender storytellers of coloration chosen for the second version of the Trans Possibilities Intensive. The Fellows chosen for 2023 are: Seyi Adebanjo, Rajvi Desai, Malik Ever, Nick Janaye, Jamie John and Tee Park Jaehyung. This 12 months’s Creative Advisors embrace Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest), Aitch Alberto (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe), Félix Endara (UNSEEN) and Chase Joynt (Framing Agnes).


The Trans Possibilities Intensive is a three-part occasion happening from March 27-29 below the management of Moi Santos, Founder of the Trans Possibilities Intensive, steerage from skilled inventive advisors and Sundance Institute’s Equity, Impact, and Belonging Program. The Intensive is an ancillary atmosphere for taking part artists to reinforce their voice and craft, foster relationships with one another, and problem the obstacles that proceed to exclude transgender artists. Founded in 2021, the one-of-a-kind program instantly helps transgender artists of coloration by project-based granting, supporting the development of trans-led initiatives in any respect phases of their life-cycles; nurturing and figuring out rising trans expertise; and year-round customized inventive {and professional} improvement alternatives.

“Meaningfully supporting and advancing trans people, voices, and stories remains a priority for Sundance. The recent, incessant, and baseless scrutiny is nothing new to trans people, and further reflects the need for opportunities for trans people to have the autonomy to explore their transness on their own terms,” stated Santos. “This year’s cohort uplifts an extensive and essential range of artistic approaches, stories, and experiences, and we’re looking forward to developing a relationship that will birth creative possibilities, risk-taking, and necessary change in this industry.”

Related: 12 Trans Women in the Film Industry You Should Know About

Fellows Selected for the 2023 Trans Possibilities Intensive


Read extra in regards to the Fellows chosen for the 2023 Trans Possibilities Intensive under:

Seyi Adebanjo (director) with Afromystic (U.S.A.): Afromystic is a lyrical documentary guided by 4 LGBTQ Yorùbá practitioners throughout the waters of Nigeria, the US, and Brazil reclaiming misplaced mythologies resembling deities who change gender and are born from the love of two womxn. Afromystic weaves animated Queer & Trans Òrìṣà mythology, poetry, theater, and ritual. Adebanjo is a Queer Gender-Non-Conforming Nigerian artist who raises consciousness round social points by video. Seyi’s work exists on the intersection of artwork, creativeness, ritual and politics.

Rajvi Desai (director, co-producer, co-cinematographer, editor) with Mother Wit (U.S.A.): An ailing Black trans matriarch struggles to inculcate the values of training and survival in her group earlier than she runs out of time.

Desai is a non-binary South Asian filmmaker and editor primarily based in New York City. Rajvi’s work focuses on gender points as they intersect with race, class and caste, each within the United States and in South Asia.

Malik Ever (director/author) with GutBucket (U.S.A.): After his estranged mom’s sudden demise, West, a 54 12 months previous trans man, returns dwelling for the primary time in twenty years to wash out his childhood dwelling, the place he begins to uncover his mom’s secrets and techniques. Ever (they/them) is a trans/nonbinary, queer first technology Algerian American filmmaker. Originating within the theatre as “a heart-wrenching and hilarious physical theater performer and writer” (Phindie), they just lately graduated from the AFI Conservatory with an MFA in Directing. Their brief movie, Gorditx, premiered at GLAFF in LA.

Nick Janaye (author) with Dead Ringer (U.S.A.): After volunteering to arrange his father’s vacation spot wedding ceremony, a trans man determined for approval is tasked with killing a shapeshifting entity that in the end threatens the lives of attendees. Janaye is an award-winning screenwriter and graduate of the Sidney Poitier New American Film School. Known for his daring supernatural tales that fight marginalization, Nick is proudly genderfluid and useless set on amplifying LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, and POC illustration in movie.

Jamie John (director/author) with 2Spirit Water Carrier (U.S.A.): 2Spirit Water Carrier is an experimental work reflecting the Anishinaabe duty of carrying water and queer and trans Indigenous our bodies. Ideas of gender sovereignty, land and queer physique autonomy, and gender variance discovered all through nature and historical past shall be communicated by transferring pictures of our bodies, gender presentation, landscapes, and textual content. John is a two-spirit trans and queer Anishinaabe and Korean-American multi-disciplinary artist (he/him and so they/themme). They are a tribal citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Tee Park Jaehyung (author) with Destiny in Sedona (U.S.A.): The lives of varied lovelorn transgenders intertwine as they journey by the Arizona desert. Park Jaehyung is a filmmaker initially from Seoul, Korea. Her filmography consists of the Pupal Stage, Winter Insect Summer Flower, and Tofu. A trans lady of immigrant expertise, Park’s work explores alienation, unconventional bonds, and flawed feminine protagonists. She’s additionally a USC Screenwriting graduate and a proud SoCal lady.



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