Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival is one of the very few film festivals on the planet devoted to films by, for, and about transgender people. Back for a ninth year, Translations 2014 features four days of screenings at the Northwest Film Forum and the Harvard Exit, kicking off with Thursday, May 8's opening-night gala performance by Minneapolis's 20% Theatre Company. Titled The Naked I: Insides Out, this multimedia show promises to "[explore] queer and trans experiences through monologues, video clips, and spoken word," and features contributions from more than 75 LGBT and allied artists. Other highlights of Translations 2014: My Prairie Home, Chelsea McMullan's musical documentary about/celebration of singer-songwriter Rae Spoon (star of last year's opening-night hit Gender Failure); Intersexion, Grant Lahood's documentary about people born with ambiguous genitalia and their navigation of the male/female binary; and the closing-night feature, Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, Sam Feder's behind-the-scenes documentary following the latest performance tour by the legendary writer and transgender icon Kate Bornstein, who shares her personal revelations on subjects ranging from art and activism to life and death.
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival runs May 8–11 at Harvard Exit and the Northwest Film Forum. For the full schedule of films, see translations.strangertickets.com.