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Films: Tip 2

The second list of transgender films with transmen on them (the first one is on all films besides documentaries). If looking for more stuff to watch, check out my other film tips too.

Becoming Chaz (2011)
Documentary following Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono’s gender transition. Includes interviews with family members and friends as the transition is followed.

Boy I Am (2006)
A feature-length documentary that begins to promote dialogue about trans issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York City–Nicco, Norie and Keegan–as they go through major junctures in their transitions.

A Boy Named Sue (2000)
Theo is a female-to-male transsexual. This film follows his six-year process of becoming a man. Among those affected by his change is his girlfriend Lisi who has to deal with what this change means to her.

The Brandon Teena Story (1998)
Documenting the tragic tale of a transgender man from rural Nebraska who was murdered after two locals discovered his female origins.

Deep Run (2015)
Cole, a young transgender Christian man, is growing up in rural North Carolina. With his girlfriend, Ashley, he faces significant challenges, including hostile family and church members, and crippling financial burdens.

Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999)
Monika Treut explores the worlds and thoughts of several trans-gendered individuals. Gendernauts enters a minority sector of San Fransisco culture.

Just Call Me Kade (2002)
The inspiring true story of Kade Farlow Collins 14, FTM transgendered, and living with an incredibly understanding family in Tucson Arizona.

Sexing the Transman (2011)
This intriguing documentary explores the sexuality of transmen and the changes they experience as a result of their gender transitions from female to male. Transmen and their partners divulge the most personal secrets of their sex lives in revealing conversations and intimate interviews. Some erotic scenes are shown.

Southern Comfort (2001)
Documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a transgender man. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations.

Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen (2008)
The stories of six thoughtful, eloquent and diverse transmen. Each man brings a colorful and complex richness as he describes his relationship to himself, as well as others in his life.

TransGeneration (2005)
A look at the lives of four college students undergoing gender transition, two of them FTM and two MTF.

Transparent (2006)
A documentary about 19 female-to-male transsexuals from 14 different states who have given birth and, in most instances, gone on to raise their biological children.

Two Spirits (2009)
Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16. But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition - the ‘nadleeh’, or ‘two-spirit’, who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits.

Venus Boyz (2002)
A film journey through a universe of female masculinity. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men - some for a night, others for their whole lives.


4 Films starring and about Pasifika people Streaming on Netflix

We’ve compiled a list of four films about or staring Pasifika people and narratives availible on Netflix. As of right now this is based on American Netflix. If there are more you know of please add to the list or contact us if you want us to do so. Happy viewing!

Splinters (2011, dir. Adam Pesce) - Splinters is the first feature-length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the seaside village of Vanimo in Papua New Guinea. With no access to economic or educational advancement, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but also a means to prestige; a spot on the Papua New Guinea national surfing team is the way to see the wider world.

Hawaiian: The Legnd of Eddie Aikau (2013, dir. Sam George) - The documentary chronicles the remarkable life and times of the late Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea. 

Princess Ka'iulani (2009, dir. Marc Forby) - The true story of a Hawaiian princess’ attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.

Boy (2010, dir. Taika Waititi) - Set on the east coast of New Zealand in the year 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old kid and devout Michael Jackson fan gets a chance to know his father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Welcome to Riverhead, Cal!

Riverhead Books is thrilled to announce the expansion of our editorial team! Joining us this month in the position of Executive Editor is Calvert Morgan. Cal has been an editor and publisher in New York since 1988, and has a particularly keen eye for finding unique, fierce voices. He most recently worked at HarperCollins, where his list included bestselling and award-winning writers like Roxane Gay, Jess Walter, and Lidia Yuknavitch. He is also the founder and creator of Fifty-Two Stories, a short fiction blog that featured writers like Teddy Wayne, Ben Greenman, Amity Gaige, and Emma Straub. A music aficionado, he is currently co-producing a feature-length documentary film on the rock and roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, and has written about music for places like The Oxford American. We sat down with Cal to ask him our Riverhead version of the Proust questionnaire.


A book you wish you’d published?

Citizen by Claudia Rankine.

An author – dead or alive – who you’d like to have over for dinner?

 Walt Whitman.  

What album are you listening to right now?

Boots No. 1 by Gillian Welch.

Desert island record?

Jerry Lee Lewis: The Sun Years, the original 12-LP set in the blue box.

Three artists (of any stripe) who inspire you:

Orson Welles. Genieve Figgis. Neko Case.

A guilty pleasure you partake in regularly?

 Imagining we live in a democratic society.

Originally posted by aliasvaughn

Favorite way to relax?

Take a year off every twenty-eight years.

Last – but most important of all – cat book club or dog book club?

Our two tuxedo cats, Sam and Simo, vote for cat book club. But they are more like small horses. Is there a small horse book club?

anonymous asked:

(Part 1 of 2) Hello, A Dinosaur a Day. It's me, the anon from one of the other blogs who asked if it was ok to have accurate dinosaurs in my hypothetical dinosaur related series. I've got good news and bad news. The Good news is that I have some ideas written down for what I want to do with it. The Bad news, writer's block has overtaken me and I'am stuck with a few ideas that I just can't decide on.

(Part 2 of 2) To elaborate on the ideas, one is a documentary focusing on the evolution of paleontology as a whole, another is a series of short videos akin to what Dinosaur Revolution was ment to be and the 3rd was a feature length wwd style documentary. Sorry for bothering you in advance, but I’m kind of stuck on what to do (or whether or not I’d actually be able to make any of these.). What advice do you or your friends have to help me. Thank you for your time.

Hmmmmmm. To be honest I think we need a new WWD style Doc, updated and fluffy. WWD was a huge influence on my childhood and definitely contributed to my love of dinosaurs because it was the first thing that really portrayed them as real animals, and not monsters or… dead. That, and WWD could have been improved upon even in the day of its creation. A better variety of animals, less exaggeration of features… 

There really isn’t any replacement for story-telling and the beauty of the special effects, or just the feeling of the whole thing, but it’s time we updated it for a new generation IMO. 


“The Real Deal” Rod Steele

The video above was posted by John Morrison/Johnny Mundo after Rod Steele passed away in 2011. Steele was a popular superstar in Ohio Valley Wrestling, and this video highlights his OVW presence in 2004/2005. The video was produced by Mundo, and featured Joey Mercury, Johnny Jeter, Nick Dinsmore/Eugene, Aron Stevens/Damien Sandow, Rip Rogers, Shad Gaspard, Chris Cage/Caylen Croft, Aaron “Goose” Mahoney, Ivory, Seth Skyfire, Jim Cornette, Rob Begley, Dr. Tom Prichard, and more. This was set to be the beginning of a documentary, but Mundo was called up to the WWE before it could be finished.

Mundo posted the following caption with the video:

In 2004, at 46, Rod Steele became the most popular star in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW)  I originally intended to make a feature length documentary about Steeleman’s success, I followed him around with a camera for months.  Aron Stevens and I interviewed most of the OVW roster about Steeleman’s in ring charisma, and real world wisdom.  I cut this promo for the documentary in 2005. The feature length documentary was never finished, and I thought this video was lost forever when an external hard drive of mine was stolen.  'The Real Deal’ Rod Steele passed away on August 4th 2011.  A VHS copy of this video was found among his possessions. 

Steele was a pioneer in the early days of Ohio Valley Wrestling. A former OVW Heavyweight Champion, Steele was a presence in the company from 1999 until 2006, wrestling off and on and gathering an impressive resume of superstars he’d faced off against. In fact, one of Cody Rhodes’ earliest feuds was against Rod Steele!

Rod Steele passed away 6 years ago, but he was beloved and respected by his peers. Did Rod believe he was WWE-bound? Maybe not, but his dedication to the craft deserves the love and respect for how much he loved the business. Rest in peace, Rod Steele. You truly were “The Real Deal”.

Bonus note: At the 2:48 mark of the video above, you can spot an 18 year old Jason Saint!


Black/Surveillance is a feature-length documentary that examines the intersection of Blackness and surveillance in the United States. Using lenses of anti-blackness and afrofuturism, the film probes what surveillance means to Black people and what is being done to resist the hyper surveillance state that is compounded by Blackness. 

Surveillance has become a part of everyday life. Surveillance exists in the security camera on every block, the phones we carry, and our social media. This has propelled a discussion around surveillance over the past couple of years from people like Edward Snowden, but how do we contextualize surveillance under white supremacy? Does everyone experience the same types of surveillance?  What is the history of surveillance for Black people from enslavement to present day.

The Film Black/Surveillance will Specifically focus on those who are most marginalized the intersection of Blackness and surveillance: Black trans people, Black undocumented people, Black women, Black homeless people, and Black incarcerated people. The film will be a mix of personal narratives and interviews expounding on the questions above and how people envision their own spaces, worlds, freedoms and the ways in which they escape surveillance. These means of escape range from encryption to performance, dreams and meditations.

Random RWBY Thoughts: X (Tenth Edition)

-It is rumoured that Qrow himself came up with the name for his tavern ‘Crow Bar’, but it was actually Taiyang, the pun master. Qrow always denies this.

-Oobleck is enraged after he discovers that Ozpin watched the feature-length coffee documentary without him, and promptly deletes it from Ozpin’s DVR as revenge. (Inspired by @eren-without-powers‘ contribution to the eighth edition)

-Ozpin and Oobleck are constantly trying to one-up each other by trying to have the greatest coffee collection in all of Remnant, securing rare types of coffee or finding one-of-a-kind mugs.

-We have seen that Qrow is better than both of his nieces at the video game that they were playing… but it was Winter that taught him everything he knows. Winter happened to own the same game as she was growing up with Weiss, and the two of them played the shit out of it, despite their father’s disapproval.

-When Ruby can’t get a signal for her scroll, she uses Penny as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

-The old Shopkeep is a secret trap card hidden inside the packaging of Remnant: The Game, much like the a certain ‘Cards Against Humanity’ card.

-Qrow, with his immaturity and perverse demeanor, is the unrivaled champion of Cards Against Humanity, with Taiyang being the only person who can come close to matching him.

-Qrow, Ironwood, Ozpin, Port and Oobleck were having a ‘boy’s night’, with one of the activities being Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Glynda happened to drop in to notify Ozpin about something, when Qrow asked her if she wanted to play. She agreed to play one hand. Qrow was ready to drop a flush. The other men had crap hands and folded, leaving Glynda. Qrow had the most smug grin as he turned over his cards, revealing a flush. Glynda had a neutral expression as she turned over her own cards… and won with a straight flush. Qrow’s jaw was almost literally on the floor as she took away over half of his winnings and banked it. She returned to her business, a smug smile on her face as she walked away.

-Ozpin’s willingness to take significant risks makes him the king of Monopoly.

-You may be asking ‘What game or games is Ironwood good at?’. Thanks to his position in the Atlesian Military, he can use the Atlas military’s supercomputers to play games like Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Age of Empires, Command & Conquer, Battlefield, Star Wars: Battlefront II and Garry’s Mod on max graphics and with virtually no ping, much to Ozpin and Qrow’s extreme enviousness. Much like he fights in real life, Ironwood only uses a pistol in FPS games, yet scores headshot after headshot against Qrow.

-”Uh, sir? Here is that report you wanted-”


*Ironwood scores a cross-map no-scope*


“Uh, yes sir. That was… impressive.”


*Ironwood types ‘GET REKT SON’ in the chat bar, followed by Ozpin saying ‘there was so much lag. and this map sucks’*

-Whenever Ozpin plays online, the rest of Beacon’s internet starts lagging terribly until one day Glynda had had enough and deactivated the school’s servers, followed shortly after by Ozpin raging so hard that his yells could be heard from the courtyard.

-The only way that Nora can ever drink Ren’s healthy green gloop shake is if Ren makes it taste like pancakes by adding pancake mix and golden syrup to it.

-One night Yang and Qrow decided to have a drink-off, much to Taiyang’s concern. After a great many drinks, both were incredibly drunk. After one more drink, Qrow stumbled over the couch and blacked out, leaving an astronomically intoxicated Yang victorious.

-Every week, Team RWBY go for a McDonald’s run. Ruby always orders a good Medium Quarter-Pounder with a lemonade. Weiss, concerned with the fattening qualities of fast food, orders a salad or a wrap. Blake always goes next door and orders a tuna sub from Subway. Yang, unsurprisingly, goes for the Large BigMac meal… three of them.

There you go, a massive collection of Random RWBY Thoughts to commemorate the first ten editions in this series! As always, submissions in the submit or ask boxes are always welcome for future installments.


The Queer Japan Project, a multimedia documentary from director Graham Kolbeins and co-writer Anne Ishii, will be a series of portraits of artists, activists, community leaders, and others in Japan’s queer community, celebrating queer expression in Japan “in many of its dazzling, prismatic varieties.”

Along with a feature-length documentary, The Queer Japan Project will include online videos, gallery exhibitions, and a book of photography with extended interviews. They’ve already taken a number of the photos, and collected with interviews with a number of individuals, including gay manga artist Gengoroh Tagame, drag queen and Renaissance woman Vivienne Sato, controversial manko artist Rokudenashiko, and many more. Help Kolbeins and Ishii expand the project here.


ZOOTOPIA on Blu-ray JUNE 7, 2016 - PRE-ORDER


  • Zoology: The Roundtables - Animation (6:50), Characters (5:45), Environments (5:40) - Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation.
  • The Origin Of An Animal (9:10) - Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down. In this feature-length documentary, filmmakers give a candid look into the difficulties of creating the story of Zootopia and the bold decision to switch the main character late in the production process, putting one resolute rabbit center stage.
  • Research: A True-Life Adventure (9:55) - The filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia. They reflect on the importance of research and how a deep dive into animal behavior at Disney Animal Kingdom theme park and a deep immersion into animal society on the African savanna shaped and inspired the characters of Zootopia and changed the filmmakers’ lives forever.
  • Z.P.D. Forensic Files (3:20) - Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs. Every city has its hidden gems, especially when it has been created by the filmmakers of Disney Animation who love nothing more than sprinkling hidden references to some of Disney’s greatest animated features throughout the story.
  • Scoretopia (5:00) - Academy Award®-winning composer, Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his powerful and emotional music score.
  • Deleted Characters (3:10) - Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut.
  • Deleted Scenes (28:10)
  • Wild Times! Pitch – Nick desperately pitches the bankers of Zootopia on funding Wild Times!, an amusement park made exclusively for the predators of Zootopia and a sure-fire, money-making scheme for Nick and his friends.
  • Alternate Homesick Hopps – After a frustrating first day on the force, Judy has a conversation with her parents. See how this scene changed from a heartfelt conversation with her parents to tough love when her parents discover their daughter is only a meter maid and not a ‘real cop.’
  • Detective Work – Judy borrows a fellow police officer’s computer to conduct research, which turns out to be no small task.
  • Alternate Jumbo Pop – In this early version of the story where Nick was the main character, the filmmakers and Jason Bateman were able to take hustling to a new level.
  • Hopps’ Apartment – When Judy’s entire family pays her a surprise visit they are shocked to discover the company she’s keeping.
  • The Taming Party – In this emotional clip from an early version of Zootopia, Judy attends her first 'taming party’ and gains a deeper understanding of the plight of the predator.
  • 'Try Everything’ Music Video by Shakira

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Darius Clark Monroe (bottom) served three years of a 5-year sentence at the Jim Ferguson Unit prison in Midway, Texas, for bank robbery. Last year, he completed Evolution of a Criminal, a feature-length autobiographical documentary executive produced by Spike Lee. The film, which the New Yorker called a “terrific movie,” explores the various influences that pushed Monroe to rob a bank at age 16, like the fact that he grew up in a home with parents who struggled financially and whom he wanted to help.

11 formerly incarcerated people who are now changing the world


”The best way to beat discrimination in art, is by art.” – Eva Hesse

Two filmmakers want to share the story of a groundbreaking artist in this feature-length documentary. Eva Hesse explores the journey of the extraordinary woman herself, set in the excitement of the downtown arts scene in 1960s New York City.

The film uncovers Hesse’s unpublished journals, newly discovered photos, and rare footage from her life, along with interviews with major artists such as Richard Serra and Nancy Holt. As we continue to strive for true gender equality in art, Eva Hesse marks an important, pivotal moment for women in the art throughout the world.


Island Solider is a feature-length documentary exploring the personal stories of young Micronesian soldiers serving in the U.S. military. 

Formerly a U.S. territory, the small island of Kosae has been an independent nation since the 1980′s but, since 9/11, it has also been considered a “recruiter’s paradise,” with large swathes of the island’s population serving on the front lines of the  war against Iraq. For a small, tightly-knit community (the island’s population is barely above 6,000), the impact can be devastating. Families are split, deaths resonate deeply, and soldiers returning from war are not given access to basic veteran’s benefits. 

The filmmakers hope that sharing the intimate stories of these soldiers and their families can “humanize the impacts of U.S.-led foreign wars, show how a small island nation is caught up in a global power struggle, and let people know about Micronesia’s uncertain future as it faces frightening economic and environmental changes.”


“The Colorado River has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet for five million years, and its delta is as a lush wetland as within living memory,” writes composer Paola Prestini — who, along with an extraordinary group of Pulitzer, Grammy, and Emmy award-winning filmmakers, composers, and performers, has been working on the feature-length documentary The Colorado for the past four years. “Today, with a booming agricultural industry to support and nearly forty million people in a half-dozen major cities dependent on its waters, the Colorado is overused, over-promised, and unable even to reach its delta,” she says.

Narrated by Oscar nominee Mark Rylance, The Colorado explores the region’s past and present, ranging from prehistoric settlements to the current plight of the river’s delta region and the impending challenges posed by climate change. The project also involves a live performance and an educational resource — a full length textbook — to form a holistic celebration of the stunning vistas of the Colorado River Basin and tell a cautionary tale about the overdevelopment and overuse of the region.

“We believe that effective stewardship of land and water begins with love and knowledge and continues with dedicated activism,” Prestini says. “We have designed The Colorado to inspire the love, instill the knowledge, and encourage the activism.”

Quentin Tarantino Documentary in the Works From Tara Wood
By Dave McNary

Production has begun on the authorized feature-length documentary “21 Years: Quentin Tarantino,” directed by Tara Wood.

The film will examine the first 21 years of Tarantino’s career and will include interviews with frequent collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington.

anyway my favorite daydream is of niall surprise dropping an album in the middle of the night in true one direction form. it’s 18 songs long and comes complete with a feature length documentary of the making of the album, featuring niall swinging an imaginary golf club while he and his producers talk through lyric changes at his studio in dublin; niall driving around london or la and making an offhand comment in the middle of explaining a set of lyrics that ‘oh, me and the boys played there, good venue.’ talk moves back to his own album without skipping a beat, and it doesn’t mean that the old days don’t matter, just that this is now. also, shirtless recording sessions

Do you want a VICTIM CULTURE documentary made in 2015?

Cruelteafree, a few members of our art collective sat around and tried to define victim culture.  Our conclusion is that ‘victim culture’ is a term that has rapidly outgrown it’s formal definition, and has come to mean a lot of important things in our real time lives and social fabric.

This would make an interesting documentary subject. Cruelteafree can promise the production of a high caliber, high quality, feature length documentary:

- exploring the meaning of victim culture in North America
- the impact it can have on an individual
- the pressure it places on society
- where the disconnect is between the two (individual / society)
- learning the most cutting-edge research on victim support
- solutions that take effect with nothing more than awareness
(which will be fostered by this documentary)

Please LIKE and REBLOG now, if you want to watch this documentary?

Cruelteafree is an art collective, we are not experts on these topics.
Cruelteafree has the pull to get several experts in each field of discussion, and also find out solutions that appeal to all of us.
9 members of the Cruelteafree collective will work well over 1500 hours at cost, to pull it all together and make it vivid, intense and relevant.

For every ‘no means no’ T-shirt Cruelteafree sells, all profits go towards making this documentary.  
We only need to sell 2500 t-shirts by June 21st 2015 to guarantee this project makes it through every stage of production.  We will release a director’s uncut version in 8 parts on tumblr, and offer an edited version to broadcasters around the continent.  The first 500 people to order a T-shirt will get their names in the credits of the film.  A special thanks to the first 500 courageous supporters that will be seen first on the end credits.

There will be a shirt count updated regularly.

Shirts sold so far = 0

I spent the last year of my life going through ups and downs, struggles that pushed me past what I thought I could do. At 25, I became an author of a book, I filmed a feature length documentary on the A.T. and at the end of it all, I have an absolutely wonderful and beautiful girlfriend. 25 might have been one of the hardest years of my life, but it was the most rewarding years. I am thankful that I was able to fight through it all because it made me a better man, I thank God that He taught me so much in my 25th year, and I look forward to this next chapter. I’m sure it will be great.

Alright, 26, let’s do this.