Teen wrestlers, sci-fi road trips and lesbian vampires: the brave new world of trans film

San Franciscos Frameline43 festival highlights the evolution of trans lives onscreen from bigotry to complex reality Things are tense. The 18-year-old who left home to find herself in the big city has just had her first lesbian encounter concluded with a savage bite to the neck. Turns out that her sexual partner is a vampire, and now shes a vampire too. Will she take the antidote and go back to being human, or will she embrace eternal life and a diet of blood? Its a tough choice but the fact that years ago she made a different kind of transition makes things easier. Welcome to the brave new world of trans film. Once dominated by misunderstanding, exoticization and bigotry, transgender …

You Can’t Hate San Francisco Unless You Love San Francisco

Everybody hates San Francisco right now. “San Francisco broke America’s heart,” The Washington Post declared last month. “This city is dead,” says a prototypical white yuppie as she rides a Muni bus in the new film The Last Black Man in San Francisco. “You don’t get to hate San Francisco. You don’t get to hate it unless you love it,” answers Jimmie Fails, a character played by the actor Jimmie Fails. The scene comes toward the end of the film, which is loosely based on Fails’ real life growing up in San Francisco. It’s a moment both cutting and generous, clarifying the tension at the heart of the film, this city, this country, this time. To hate San Francisco may …