Archive Preview: Framing Agnes

Monday, Apr 18, 2022 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
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UCLA Film & Television Archive presents free screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.

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In-person: director, writer and producer Chase Joynt, participants Jules Gill-Peterson and Kristen Schilt. 

Framing Agnes

Canada, 2022

Agnes, the pioneering, pseudonymized, transgender woman who participated in Harold Garfinkel’s gender health research at UCLA in the 1960s, has long stood as a figurehead of trans history. In this rigorous cinematic exercise that blends fiction and nonfiction, director Chase Joynt explores where and how Agnes’ platform has become a pigeonhole. Framing Agnes endeavors to widen the frame through which trans history is viewed—one that has remained too narrow to capture the multiplicity of experiences eclipsed by Agnes’. Through a collaborative practice of reimagination, an impressive lineup of trans stars (Zackary Drucker, Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Max Wolf Valerio, Silas Howard, and Stephen Ira) take on vividly rendered, impeccably vintage reenactments, bringing to life groundbreaking artifacts of trans healthcare.

Joynt’s signature form-rupturing style radically reenvisions the imposition of the frame on the cultural memory of transness through his brilliantly crafted, communally-driven excavation. This reclamation tears away with remarkable precision the myth of isolation as the mode of existence of transgender history-makers, breathing new life into a lineage of collaborators and conspirators who have been forgotten for far too long. The film screens in Los Angeles fresh off its award-winning turn at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered the NEXT Audience Award and the NEXT Innovator Award.

DCP, b&w and color, 75 min. Director: Chase Joynt. Screenwriters: Chase Joynt, Morgan M. Page. With: Zackary Drucker, Jules Gill-Peterson, Silas Howard.

Special thanks to our community partner: UCLA LGBTQ Campus Resource Center. Media partner: OutWrite Newsmagazine.