Friday, June 26, 2015

Jason Goes to Docfest--Day 12

Two more movies last a week ago last Monday, as the final week of Docfest marched on (and I eventually get around to writing about it.)

First up was the short TOMGIRL, an adorable look at a little boy who grows his hair long, occasionally likes to wear dresses, and is generally just a happy little kid.

That was the lead in to THREE TO INFINITY: BEYOND TWO GENDERS. A sort of Genderqueer 101 class, through a cast of friendly and engaging characters it explores the wonderfully complex and fluid world beyond the gender binary. Learn these terms--transgender, agender, gender neutral, gender queer.... Or, you know what, look up all the gender options in Facebook. The multitude of options (looks like they really are trying to get to infinity) can be kind of head-spinning to a neophyte to the topic, but your guides are some friendly, engaging, entertaining people, so just have fun with it. Oh, and the big takeaway--when you ask a transgender/agender/gender queer/etc person what their "real" gender is, what you're doing is asking them to describe their birth genitals to you. And that's a creepy thing for anyone!

Then some interesting art, starting with the short TINY OUT LOUD. Stephanie Rond runs an art gallery. It's in a dollhouse, and it's awesome.

And that lead in to CURIOUS WORLDS: THE ART AND IMAGINATION OF DAVID BECK. Local SF artist is incredibly talented, inventive, and almost unknown. Possibly because he doesn't have a real business promoting him or doing shows in galleries. He makes work on commission and spends his days in his workshop making art, not promoting himself. And his work--it's epic miniatures. Intricate little worlds animated by gears and whimsy, and it's freakin' beautiful. I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one!

Total Running Time: 179 minutes
My Total Minutes: 401,458

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