March 26

GENRE-DEFYING, AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FRAMING AGNES TO HAVE ITS CANADIAN PREMIERE AT HOT DOCS 2022

GENRE-DEFYING, AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FRAMING AGNES TO HAVE ITS CANADIAN PREMIERE AT HOT DOCS 2022
Photo Credit: Ava Benjamin Shorr 
Toronto/Los Angeles- Level Ground Productions and Fae Pictures today announced acclaimed filmmaker Chase Joynt’s award-winning film Framing Agnes will have its Canadian premiere at the 29th edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary FestivalFraming Agnes, which won both the NEXT Audience Award and the NEXT Innovator Award at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where it had its World Premiere, most recently screened at the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. Executive Produced by Samantha Curley (Level Ground), Jules Gill-Peterson, Alex Schmider, and Vivek Shraya, Produced by Shant Joshi (Fae Pictures) and Chase Joynt, and co-written by Joynt and Morgan M. Page, Framing Agnes is a convention-defying documentary that uncovers pivotal stories within transgender history. The film is one of the 27 Special Presentations selected at this year’s Hot Docs and features an all-star cast of trans actors who explore the themes through a talk-show style lens. For more information on screening dates and times please visit hotdocs.ca.“Framing Agnes not only challenges traditional documentary form, but also upends the common ways we have come to know about trans people through medical histories and media mainstreams,” said filmmaker Chase Joynt. “The project is a long-term labor of love made in collaboration with an extraordinary group of artists, friends and collaborators, and to finally be able to share the work with Canadian audiences is an exceptional moment for our team.”The film follows a young trans woman named Agnes in the late 1950s, who participated in Harold Garfinkel’s gender health research at UCLA, to gain access to the gender affirming care she so willfully sought out. Her story was considered to be singular until 2017 when eight never-before-seen case files of other patients from the same era were uncovered. In this rigorous cinematic exercise, director Chase Joynt explores how medicine and media have set various frames of understanding for trans existence and experience. Through a collaborative practice of reimagination, a stellar cast of trans talent including Zackary Drucker (Transparent), Angelica Ross (Pose), Jen Richards (Her Story), Silas Howard(A Kid Like Jake), Max Wolf Valerio (The Testosterone Files) and Stephan Ira take on vividly rendered, impeccably vintage reenactments, bringing to life groundbreaking artifacts of mid-century trans health care.Framing Agnes was selected by Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program and made in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund, XTR, University of Victoria, Into the Noise and Inside Out Re: Focus Fund. The documentary was first developed as a short film and premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.ABOUT LEVEL GROUND PRODUCTIONS:

Level Ground Productions is a collaboratively run production company invested in projects that push the boundaries of form and address urgent socio-political issues.

ABOUT FAE PICTURES:

Based in Los Angeles and Toronto, Fae Pictures is an award-winning media production company focused on decolonizing Hollywood by creating cinematic content for, by, and about queer, trans, and BIPOC people.
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