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Thanks for joining! Festival Director for Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival Joins


Join Sam BerlinerFestival Director of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival as well as director of previous Pride of the Ocean shorts GENDERBUSTERSDATING SUCKS: A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE, and FLOAT, as we dive into the past and contextualize what that means for the present on our special Saving History cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seasfrom February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.

This type of coverage brings much needed attention to transgender communities but it is only the beginning. Once one learns about trans people’s existence, it is imperative to learn about our history as well as our current struggles around discrimination, staggering rates of violence and suicide, and most especially the awful challenges facing transgender women of color. So let’s go back and get some context for the recent boom, shall we?

 Transgender themes in media have been in the spotlight for the past five or so years. We’ve all seen the Times Magazine cover of Laverne Cox with the “Transgender Tipping Point,” the 20/20 exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner, Janet Mock’s book Redefining Realness, the big to-do around Cher’s son Chaz Bono and his transition, the TV show about trans teen Jazz Jennings, the talk about Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt’s trans son Shiloh or Will Smith’s gender-fluid son Jaden, the huge uproar over bathroom billsand trans folks’ right to serve in the military.

Trans folks have been around for a very long time and these short films and feature excerpts are doing the important work of reviving the archives and digging into the past to continue to bring these hirstories to the present and future generations.

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Saving History 2018 Cruise Now on Sale

Saving History: LGBT Archives, Filmmakers, and their Public Working Together

Join us for this special cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.
Our programming includes:
Archival reps from San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society, University of Southern California’s ONE Institute, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives, & UCLA’s Legacy Special Collection of the In The Life television series, who will all show you some of the treasures they have in their vaults. The cruise will kick off with the world premiere of the short film, “We Started with an Old Shoebox”, a world tour of LGBT archives and historians saving our history.
Filmmakers on board will be presenting some of the most significant archival based films ever produced, including Stu Maddux‘s REEL IN THE CLOSET.
Producers Greta SchillerRobert Rosenberg, & John Scagliotti presenting the remastered classic film BEFORE STONEWALL in time to celebrate the 50th anniversaryof the Stonewall riots. BEFORE STONEWALL won an Emmy Award in 1987 for its pioneering archival work. 



Sam Berliner, the director of Seattle’s Translations Transgender Film Festival, will curate a collection of transgender themed short films that will make use of newly discovered archival material.

In addition to these important screenings, there will be panelists exploring how LGBT archivesfilmmakers, and the public have been working to save LGBT history and to make that history available for film and television.
Join us for this important cruise and be a part of saving LGBT history, while enjoying opening and closing cocktail parties with these many wonderful archivists and filmmakers, as well as group dinners where you can learn more about how you can be a part of the saving history project. For each cabin booked, we will be donating $100 to the invited non-profit of your choice. Details below.

Click on one of the non-profit links or images below to learn more.

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