NOW AVAILABLE FOR CAMPUS SCREENINGS AND DISCUSSION
DIRECTOR SAM FEDER PRESENTS THE FILM, KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER & PLEASANT DANGER FOLLOWED BY Q&A AND LASS VISITS

 

FOR CAMPUS SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
email: KateBornsteinMovie AT gmail DOT com
or go to: katebornsteinthemovie.com/contact

FOR MORE INFORMATION
www.katebornsteinthemovie.com
www.samfeder.com

EMRO Review – Highly Recommended

One Of The Top 10 Best LGBT Docs Of 2014, The Advocate Magazine
Best Feature Documentary Audience Award –  Trans|Lations Film Festival (Seattle, WA), Beacon Independent Film Festival (Beacon, NY), Identities Film Festival (Vienna, Austria), TranScreen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Jury’s Special Commendation Award Dublin’s GAZE Film Festival
2015 James Aronson Award For Social Justice Journalism 

Cited by IndieWire as one of the must-see films of the 2014 festival circuit, Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger is the first feature-length documentary portrait of the pioneer transgender author and performer Kate Bornstein. Director Sam Feder’s film captures the many facets of this queer hero and pioneering gender outlaw. Whether she is charming an enraptured audience on her latest book tour, tweeting to thousands of fans, or deconstructing postmodern theory, Kate’s bold thinking, wicked wit, and astonishing candor get to the heart of transformations in gender and sexuality today. The documentary sheds new light on issues of critical importance to trans and queer communities such as: gender theory as a survival strategy; depression and alternatives to suicide; a broad gender spectrum vs. the rigid gender binary; illness, treatment, and recovery; and notions of queer family and legacy.

Since 2006, Feder’s work has been taught in over 200 colleges and universities and screened internationally at festivals and museums.  Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger premiered in March 2014 and was voted one of the top ten best LGBT docs of 2014.  To bring Sam and the film to your campus, email: KateBornsteinMovie AT gmail DOT com.

 

PRAISE FOR CAMPUS VISITS

“Students were captivated by Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger! Many later expressed how much they liked learning about Bornstein, a charming queer radical, and were stunned to hear of Kate’s queer critique of gay marriage. Feder lead the undergrad students in a gripping conversation about trans identities, gender, and sexuality that gave them clear, real world examples of how exactly gender, sex identity, and sexuality are different phenomena. Student evals confirm that Feder’s visit was the highlight of the semester.” Kyla Schuller, Rutgers University

“Last fall, Iliff School of Theology had the privilege of hosting Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger featuring a Q&A with director Sam Feder. The event drew people from every corner of Denver. It was a very special evening. Whimsical, outrageous, touching, funny, and warm, the film is a moving portrayal of transgender pioneer Kate Bornstein, a survivor whose indomitable spirit shines throughout. Award-winning director Sam Feder shared anecdotes and highlights, building a solid rapport with the audience. I highly recommend this event to any academic institution interested in cutting-edge topics.” Diane D’Angelo, Member, Student Senate, Denver University

 

PRAISE FOR KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER & PLEASANT DANGER 

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“I always refer to Kate Bornstein as my ‘Fairy Tran-Mother.’ She showed me how to begin to love myself for who I am.
This astonishing film will help you learn to be the most honest, courageous and fulfilled version of YOU that is possible.”
Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Trans-genre artist, New York, N.Y.

 

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“Sam Feder makes vitally important work which engages, educates and empowers. Our audiences were moved and inspired by the film.” Jason Barker, BFI Flare, London, U.K.

 

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Feder’s documentary allows Kate to explain her theories, both explicitly in interviews and implicitly through natural footage of her life, and espouse her optimist outlook on life and individuality…The film is a joy to watch due to its colorful misé-en-scene and upbeat optimism.” Crispy Sharp Film, UK Film Review

 

SELECTED FESTIVAL, MUSEUM & GALLERY  SCREENINGS

Hammer Museum,  CA
MOMA PS-1,  NY
PATOIS – New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival,  LA
Athena Film Festival,  NY
Gender Reel, NYU,  NY
Ljudmila, Slovenia
BudaPest Pride Film Festival, Hungary
Hallwalls Gallery, NY
SPACE Gallery, ME
Hot Springs Doc Film Festival, AK
MIX Copenhagen, Denmark
Hamburg, Germany
Cultura Trans, Spain
Beacon Indie Film Festival,  NY – HEADLINER FILM
aGLIFF, Austin, TX
Out On Screen, Vancouver, BC
Picture House, England
Star & Shadow, England
GAZE,  Ireland 
OutFest
Northside Festival, NY
SF Indie Festival,  CA
Sheffield Doc/Fest, England
Korea Queer Film Festival- Korea  CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Inside out, Toronto, CA
QDoc, OR
Trans|Lations, WA – CLOSING NIGHT FILM
BFI FLARE, London, UK
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SELECTED UNIVERSITY SCREENINGS

Princeton University
Dartmouth College
Hampshire College
University of Denver
New School University
Oberlin College
Ohio University
Pitzer College
Rutgers University
SUNY Stony Brook
Tulane University
University of Chicago
University of New Hampshire
University of Milwaukee
Yale University
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PRAISE FOR KATE BORNSTEIN IS…

JURY SPECIAL COMMENDATION AWARD, “This film is an intelligent and energetic portrait that investigates the life of its protagonist with candor and great heart.  Feder’s beautifully made film simultaneously tracks Bornstein’s past and present lives with well-wrought tension and stakes. A storyteller and filmmaker to watch.” GAZE Film Festival, 2014

 “To do justice to the subject, Feder’s film was constructed with lyrical unconventionality intertwining Bornstein’s past and present through intimate slices of life… In a post-film discussion with Bornstein, Feder explained an intentional resistance to a traditional form of trans* narrative story-telling. “By nature, those narratives are very limiting and they pander to expectations. But it’s also limiting in the sense that it would be such a small part of the story—there’s so many sides to explore, emotional tones to hit that can’t really be hit with that sort of linear unfolding.” ”  Gretchen Rachel BlickensderferWindy City Media Group

 “Instead of following a linear progression from childhood to the present day, the documentary is fluid and organic, making it feel like a conversation rather than an explicit narrative. I felt like I had gone to visit Bornstein in her home, and to chat with the people in her life closest to her. The film left me with the sense that I’d really love to meet Bornstein in person.” Dana Sayer, The Horn

 “This is a must-see documentary of 2014 and a treasure trove of preserved queer/trans history of Kate Bornstein’s life and work. Bornstein’s family history and relationships, stint in The Church of Scientology, her writing, books, activism, relationships, themes of gender and sexuality, a striking health diagnosis, and her search to answer some of life’s deepest questions are explored in this interwoven, whimsical, and inspired portrait documentary of the wonderful Kate Bornstein. It’s a must see documentary and a treasure trove of preserved queer/trans history of Kate Bornstein’s life and work. It is also sure to warm hearts: Kate’s charm pours out of the screen and is so affecting. Her recent cancer diagnosis, on top of her lifelong leukemia, make the production of the documentary incredibly timely and incredibly necessary.” Ewan Duarte, Indie Wire

It is revolutionary!” Sam Berliner, Audience Awards

“Even if you think you know everything there is to know about Bornstein, Feder’s film will show you sides you hadn’t imagined were there.” Chris Dupuis, XTRA! Toronto Gay & Lesbian News


SUPPORTED BY

The Jerome Foundation * The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation * Yaddo Artist Residency * MacDowell Colony Artist Residency * Starry Night Residency * MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival * PSC CUNY Research Fund * Riot GRRL INK * The RFA Excellence in Filmmaking Grant