Popaganda, “Kate Bornstein, author and performer currently has many stories to tell and many other identities to explore.” (written in Greek)

Side By Side, article on page 27 “This is why I would have loved to see this movie when I was much younger…it’s empowering. Sam Feder made a life changer.”

Huffington Post, “in another recent victory locally in New York, trans filmmaker and educator Sam Feder is getting significant exposure for his documentary about performance artist Kate Bornstein”

Interview with Salon.com “Gender theory pioneer Kate Bornstein talks about trans visibility, LGBT activism and her history with the church”

**Voted 1 of the 10 best docs in 2104,** The Advocate 

Film Review, UChicagoNews,  “Kate’s ability to navigate historical and generational debates about the politics and practices of trans representation is remarkable, [and] Sam’s film is a contemporary re-thinking of Kate’s impact. Feder’s film consciously breaks out of typical trans narratives—the before and after of a discrete transition, the shifting reactions of family members and other similar story lines. “It was really important that the queer universe, the trans universe, was at the center, and there was no explanation. There was no spoon-feeding,” says Feder. “Queerness and Transness isn’t a place we arrive in the film. It’s where we start” Bornstein concurred: “For years, I had been answering the same old questions, and it got to be stale. But Sam doesn’t work that way. He always kept me on balance and out of the stale parts of myself.” – Drew Messinger-Michaels

FIlm Review, Windy City Media Group, “To do justice to his 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…For me, it was a relief to not be asked all those standard narrative questions,” Bornstein added. Bornstein once received push-back on Twitter over ownership of the word “tr*nny”—something that was addressed in the film. Feder explained that the scene in which Bornstein discusses the issue was filmed in 2010 and was in reflection to a conversation that had occurred two years earlier. “I couldn’t see into the future and how it would affect an audience in 2014. I don’t know if people are hurt in that scene but how do we make room to have dialogue around that hurt and figure out what is driving the divisiveness of our conversations?” – Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer

Film Review, Denver Westword “Not so much a documentary as a contemporary day-in-the-life tale with biographical elements woven throughout… Bornstein is also not perfect. A half-decade ago, her use of the term “tranny” — a word she still stands by having used — was condemned by many in the trans community. And filmmaker Sam Feder doesn’t shy away from the issue in Queer, saying it’s key to creating a full composite of the person. “Not only is it important to show all sides of the people we admire, but I think it is also important to be able to critique each other while still loving each other,” Sam says. The result is an objective look at Bornstein’s ongoing legacy, with every bit of reality included”.- Bree Davies

Film Review, The Horn “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

Must See Films from the 2014 festival circuit, Indiewire, “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.” – Ewan Duarte

Audience Awards, Sam Berliner,  the Director of Translations Film Festival says, “Kate Bornstein Is a Queer & Pleasant Danger” is one of his favorite films this year. Further he says, “I am super into Trans New Wave filmmakers, as this is my goal with my own work. Basically, Trans New Wave films assume that the audience has a basic Trans 101 in their back pockets already so that characters are free to embody their sexual orientations and gender identities without calling attention to it— therefore giving the film the freedom to focus on the story. It is revolutionary!” – The Audience Awards

The Advocate’s Favorite Films... “The Advocate‘s 27 Favorite Films of Outfest 2014″(some details are wrong- the film is not based on the memoir- but still nice to be mentioned). – Daniel Reynolds and  Jase Peeples

Films to Watch, Indiewire, “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.”

Interview with The Helix Queer Performance Network,“Kate is fallible. She has hurt people and makes mistakes. The film makes room this. Including these parts of Kate’s story are as important as Kate’s identity as not/man not/woman and her harm reduction model of alternatives to suicide. She is a provocateur. As the director, I don’t agree with all her ideas and it’s a good lesson to learn that we can hold people accountable for all they are and still be inclusive and welcoming.” TL Cowan

Festival Review, XTRA! Toronto Gay & Lesbian News “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

Film Review, The Most Cake “And Kate Bornstein, thanks to Sam Feder’s sensitive and judiciously observed portrayal, as well as her own compelling personality, speaks for herself. The 66-year-old self-styled “gender outlaw” is a vibrant, challenging, entertaining and entirely captivating presence; a living, breathing, laughing, cursing gender studies textbook; “trans-dyke, reluctant polyamorist, sadomasochist, recovering scientologist”; everyone’s favourite queer auntie; and the perfect rebuttal to any foolish and outdated claim that trans activists and film-makers might not belong at the festival, or on the queer scene in general. In fact, once you’ve watched Feder’s masterpiece, it seems obvious that they are in fact at the heart and the root of it all”. – Victoria Sponge

Film Review, DIVA Magazine “Whether you’re a fan of Kate Bornstein or have no idea who she is, this is a film you need to see. From queer theory to near misses with Scientology, Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger is a work of brilliance. But if you’re expecting a “Trans 101″, you might be disappointed – because this is less about Kate’s work and more an intimate look into the personal life of the woman affectionately known to many as “Auntie Kate”. -Carrie Lyell

Film Review, Planet London, “If you go to see this film, one piece of advice; take a packet of tissues as this will move you.” – Naomi

Film Review, Crispy Sharp Film “The film is a joy to watch due to its colourful misé-en-scene and upbeat optimism, and has such a delightful array of characters that the running time utterly flew past. ” – CSF

Huffington Post “Beyond Transition: Documentaries Capture Rich, Complex Transgender Lives”- Mitch Kellaway

Interview on Queerie Bradshaw, A Site for Frisky Feminists & Politiqueers

Interview on Bodies of Work: Trans/Gender Variant Artists, Writers & Activists

Interview on Fringe Queer Film & Arts Fest

Velvet Park mention

The Village Voice: How You Can Help A Film About Kate Bornstein Happen

Velvet Park: Kate Bornstein Is A Queer & Pleasant Danger Needs Your Support

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