COUNTING PAST 2: the FOURTH ANNUAL TRANSSEXUAL, INTERSEX AND TRANSGENDER FILM/VIDEO/ARTS FESTIVAL Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Trumpeted as the world's biggest trans festival, Counting Past 2 returns with a slate of 43 films and videos running over a week. The fest opens Friday (September 13), at 7:30 pm, with Quebec scholar Viviane K. Namaste presenting a new slide/video lecture, Cherchez La Femme (University College, 15 King's College Circle). Vancouver artist Ileana Pietrobruno shows up with the film Girl King, in a program that also includes Gricel Severino's Latino video Papi.
Organizers Boyd Kodak and Cat Grant insist on going beyond stereotypes. They've scheduled lots of roots-level work, including new trans erotica and a video telling the stories of Vancouver trans youth. But there's also a Michael Verhoeven drama, Bitter Secret, and Georgie Girl, a great documentary chronicling the life of New Zealand's first transsexual member of parliament. (September 14-20, Bloor Cinema)