Christopher's Chronicles and Trappings of Transhood

Christopher Lee and Elise Hurwitz

Christopher's Chronicles and Trappings of Transhood Christopher Lee and Elise Hurwitz | Events Calendar


Union Docs | 322 Union Ave.

Curated by Leeroy Kun Young Kang

Wednesday, July 22 | 7:30PM
Christopher Lee & Elise Hurwitz, Christopher's Chronicles, video, 30min., US 1996
Christopher Lee & Elise Hurwitz, Trappings of Transhood, video, 27min., US 1997
Union Docs | 322 Union Avenue

This program highlights the documentary work of late transgender filmmaker and activist Christopher Lee (1964-2012). Lee's first film, Christopher's Chronicles, a record of the artist's transition from female to male was among the very first films made by and about a transgender man of color and premiered at the 1997 Frameline Festival. Through his use of interviews, video collage, and music (including transgender artist Chloe Dzubilo's band, Transisters.) Lee's second feature documentary film, Trappings of Transhood, focuses on the stories and lived experiences of a multi-racial group of transmen who candidly share their experiences of negotiating issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and the medical industry within their process of transition. Trappings of Transhood was the first known feature-length work to document the experience of transmen, and has been screened internationally.

Christopher Lee (1964-2012) was responsible for making the world's first feature film starring FTM people of color and the first ever FTM trans pornographic movies. Christopher and Alex Austin co-founded Trannyfest in 1997, now known as the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. In addition to being a filmmaker, Lee was a leading activist of the San Francisco Bay Area transgender community and served the world's first FTM Grand Marshall of San Francisco's LGBT Pride in 2002. Lee's work has screened at various underground, queer, and experimental film festivals and universities both nationally and internationally.

UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Established in 2005, UnDo presents, publishes, and produces documentary film through regular screenings and workshops for filmmakers, media-makers, journalists, and critical thinkers at large. They are dedicated to promoting marginalized stories, under-represented facts, and independent networks. Throughout the years, UnDo has been recognized for its progressive programming and collaborative partnerships, and its vital support to the documentary arts community, including the work of LGBTQ filmmakers and documentarians.

Curator: Leeroy Kun Young Kang