Woman on Fire
2016 | USA | 90 min
Directed by Julie Sokolow
Woman on Fire follows Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. A character-driven documentary, the film follows Brooke as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender in America today.
(Short Before the Film)
5 min I Directed by Charlie Hidalgo
A 10-year-old, gender non-conforming student navigates their way through the school, in search of a safe washroom.
2018 | Canada | 90 min
Directed by Michael Del Monte
In the summer of 2015, former US Marine and world record weightlifter Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski was publicly outed as being transgender. The reaction was universal: her sponsors abandoned her, she was disowned by her parents, banned from competing, and she changed her name to "Janae". This film follows Janae as she attempts to find her place in society. Initially wanting to strip off the muscle and become a much smaller looking woman, she found herself unable to lose the muscle she so desperately gained. She now finds herself living one day as an alpha male and the next day as a delicate girl. Will Janae be able to handle her muscle relapses? Will her passage from being a male bring her the peace she's looking for? Will society accept a 250lbs muscular woman? Is her path personal redemption or physical and psychological disaster?
(Short before the Film)
2017 | Calgary | 12 min
Directed by Steve Adams
This short documentary explores a week in the life of Angela—a roller derby athlete and transgender rights activist in Alberta, Canada. As a jammer for the Calgary All-Stars team, she skates under the name Easy Break Oven and is a role model in the local derby community. She also coaches kids from the small-towns surrounding the city, which is one of the most conservative and religious parts of the country. While preparing for her first derby match of the season, she begins to see her teammates and her life in a new light.
Post films Panel Featuring Special Guests Brooke Guinan, Angela Reid, and Janae Marie Kroc.
Programmers Corner Discussion
Be a part of the conversation as our program committee discusses and provides insight into their programming decisions.
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 8:00 PM
The Naked Leaf
#4 - 1126 Kensington Road NW
This event has been sponsored by The Dobbin Group.