Framing Agnes, a hybrid narrative and documentary feature film exploring the life and history of transgender people, has sold the North American distribution rights to Kino Lorber.
Directed by Chase Joynt, the film accurately and accurately depicts the journey of trans people past and present through re-enactments of transcripts of a remarkable 1960’s UCLA gender study. Based on a short film by Joynt that premiered and won awards at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, the project features a cast of trans performers and academics including Jules Gill-Peterson, Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Zackary Drucker, Max Wolf Valerio and Silas Howard and Stephen Ira.
The film will have its New York premiere at NewFest on June 5, followed by a theatrical run at Kino Lorber in December. Joynt and Morgan M. Page wrote the screenplay, with Joynt, Samantha Curley and Shant Joshi producing. Kino Lorber Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell negotiated on behalf of the label, with UTA Independent Film on behalf of the filmmakers.
The title Agnes was a pseudonym for a trans woman who participated in Harold Garfinkel’s gender health research at UCLA. As a character, she has long been considered the poster child of trans history. In this reimagining, a cast of trans stars take vividly rendered vintage recreations and bring groundbreaking trans healthcare artifacts to life. Joynt previously co-directed No Ordinary Man, a documentary portrait of jazz musician and transcultural icon Billy Tipton. This is her first solo direction.
“‘Framing Agnes’ takes a novel and fascinating approach to examining how trans people are perceived and represented in the past and present,” said Lidell. “By combining dramatic and documentary films, Chase allows audiences to see the trans community through new eyes and in their own words. We believe it will make a huge contribution to the ongoing conversation about trans rights and look forward to sharing it far and wide.”
Joynt added, “As a longtime fan and consumer of the innovative, agile and impactful titles curated and distributed by Kino Lorber, I could not imagine a better place and partner for our film.”
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/framing-agnes-trans-movie-kino-lorber-1235284530/ Transfilm “Framing Agnes” goes to the Lorber cinema