Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Framing Agnes

Year: 2022
Country: CANADA, USA
Language: English
Run Time: 75 minutes

Framing Agnes
Framing Agnes
Framing Agnes
Framing Agnes

In the 1950s, far before the word transgender was used in the mainstream, Agnes Torres approached the UCLA Medical Center seeking sex reassignment surgery. Born male, Torres always felt she was meant to be in a woman’s body, and she was one of the first public figures to make this dream a reality. Through her transitional process, Torres met with sociologist Harold Garfinkel, who recorded their conversations about Torres’ life as a trans woman. Garfinkel’s work with Torres became the first known American case study of a transgender individual’s experience. For decades to come, Torres’ life would be seen as a source of inspiration and strength within the LGBTQIA+ community. But, as it turns out, she was not alone in her endeavors. Years later a small group of filmmakers would discover dozens of other transcripts from interviews that Garfinkel gave to other people who had successfully transitioned; people whose stories were never told publicly. Filled with true-to-life reenactments of Garfinkel's interviews, the experimental documentary FRAMING AGNES examines these powerful untold stories alongside the stories of the modern day trans people who play these historic icons. —G.S.

CIFF46 Screenings

KeyBank State Theatre

Friday, April 08, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 2:30 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Sidebars
Queer Cinema
Women of the World

Competition
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition

Director

Director
Chase Joynt

Producers
Samantha Curley, Shant Joshi, Chase Joynt

Screenwriting
Chase Joynt, Morgan M. Page

Cinematography
Aubree Bernier Clarke

Editing
Brooke Stern Sebold, Cecilio Escobar

Featuring
Jules Gill-Peterson, Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Zackary Drucker, Max Wolf Valerio

Film Contact

Film Sponsors

Consulate General of Canada

Community Partners

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

TransOhio

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