Events

Friday, May 29, 2015

Meet & Greet (ages 21+)

6pm-when people leave!
863 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43206-1926
(614) 224-4050

 

 

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Kaleidoscope Youth Center &  TransOhio Youth Meet & Greet 
Friday, 6pm-8pm
Details coming soon.

 

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015 – Film Screening – Kumu Hina

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OVERVIEW
Kumu Hina is a powerful feature documentary about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.

SYNOPSIS
Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i.  During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a Native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams? As Hina’s arduous journey unfolds, her Hawaiian roots and values give her the strength and wisdom to persevere, offering a new perspective on the true meaning of aloha.

 

Sunday, May 31, 2015 – Film Screening – BLACK IS BLUE

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BLACK IS BLUE

A Film By Cheryl Dunye
Starring Kingston Farady
Produced by Marc Smolowitz

SUMMARY: Directed by award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, BLACK IS BLUE is a short narrative that tells the story of Black — an African American Trans man, who works as a security guard inside an apartment complex in present day Oakland, California. With limited dialogue and a focus on character, the film quietly follows Black over the course of his typical day, a journey that reveals how Black’s past life is always in the back of his mind. Before transitioning, Black lived as Blue, a queer woman-of-color who knew how to stand up for herself.

In Black’s new vulnerable world, presenting as a masculine Black man comes with all kinds of special concerns. Daily life is never free of fear and stigma. Being caught or discovered as Trans … this is definitely something to avoid.

STORY: It’s morning. Black is seen waking up in his car, brushing his teeth, interacting with a passerby whose looks cast all kinds of dispersion. While Black clearly lives out of his car, there’s nothing typically chaotic about this homeless Trans man’s life. His belongings are well-placed inside his trunk in orderly fashion — showing how his character strives to keep some semblance of control over his life. His day continues at the gym where Black’s work-out fuels a strong sense of masculine presenting self. Locker room interaction yields more tension as Black might get “caught packing.” At the train station, a hot girl flirts with Black, sending him off to work in good spirits.

At work, the sight of a past female lover, Deja, floods Black with memories. By nightfall, a frightening confrontation
with Deja and others in a parking garage shows us that Black is ready to move on. He is clear who he is. He is no longer Blue. He is ready to be happy.

DUNYE-MENTARY: Over the past 20 years, Dunye has developed a signature style in narrative films that is lovingly referred to by her audience and critics as the “Dunye-mentary.” In this form, Dunye interview her actors in character who comment on the action and the social justice issues at hand in her writing. She also interviews them as actors, offering them a powerful chance to infuse the narrative with their own take on the emotional life of the characters they’re portraying. In the case of Black — played by Kingston Faraday — Dunye did more than cast a Trans man as her lead actor. She invited him into the writing process, exploring the specific details of Black/Trans/Queer identity in the early 21st century.

Photo by Elizabeth Strong