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Framing Agnes

Directed by Chase Joynt

Release: 2022
Runtime: 75
Country: U.S.
Language: English

The pseudonymous Agnes was a pioneering transgender woman who participated in an infamous gender health study conducted at UCLA in the 1960s. Her clever use of the study to gain access to gender-affirming healthcare led to her status as a fascinating and celebrated figure in trans history. In this innovative cinematic exercise that blends fiction and nonfiction, director Chase Joynt (No Ordinary Man) uses Agnes’s story, along with others unearthed in long-shelved case files, to widen the frame through which trans history is viewed. Through a collaborative practice of reimagination, an all-star cast of trans performers, artists, and thinkers – including Angelica Ross (Pose), Jen Richards (Mrs. Fletcher), and Zackary Drucker (Transparent) – take on vividly rendered, impeccably vintage reenactments, bringing to life groundbreaking artifacts of trans history. This collective reclamation breaks down the myth of isolation among transgender history-makers, breathing new life into a lineage of collaborators and conspirators who have been forgotten for far too long.

Awards & Festivals

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Official Selection OUTFEST Los Angeles
Official Selection BFI Flare
Official Selection NewFest

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Color: Color


Venue City State Date
Film Forum New York 1669957200December 2 - December 15, 2022
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1673586000January 13, 2023
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1674795600January 27 - February 2, 2023
Images Cinema Williamstown 1678078800March 6, 2023
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1670994000December 14 - December 20, 2022
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1674018000January 18 - January 29, 2023