STRANGE TRUTH: An Evening with Sam Feder

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
OCL Virtual Event
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Weissinger, James R
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities


Strange Truth 2021 explores the non-fiction imagination in the films of Garrett Bradley, Sam Feder, and Cecilia Aldarondo.  


All events are free and open to the public and will be held virtually, hosted by the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Theater 5, their online film hub. The live events are conversations with the filmmakers, and all the films will be available to stream for a limited time prior to each event.


Once you register for a filmmaker conversation, you will receive a link to stream their film/s in the days leading up to the event.






WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm

With the films DISCLOSURE (2020), KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER AND PLEASANT DANGER (2014), and BOY I AM (2006), Sam Feder has become a key figure in transgender film and representation. They will discuss their award-winning documentaries and their approach to trans aesthetics and politics, as well as the unique production process that trained transfolk to work on DISCLOSURE. 

This event is free.  Please register in advance to receive the Zoom link and information on how to stream Feder’s films DISCLOSURE and KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER AND PLEASANT DANGER in advance of the event.  Register here:


2020, 1hr 47min

Directed by Sam Feder, produced by Amy Scholder

Viewers with Netflix subscriptions can watch DISCLOSURE at any time by clicking here: Disclosure on Netflix.  Once registered for the March 10 event, viewers who do not have a Netflix subscription will receive a free link to watch the film from Tuesday, March 9, 7:00pm to Wednesday, March 10, 7:00pm.

“In using all trans contributors the result is a film that’s a powerful, timely, and ultimately hopeful piece of trans screen representation in itself.”
—James Kleinmann, The Queer Review

Executive produced by Laverne Cox, DISCLOSURE is a breakthrough for transgender representation on screen. By and about transgender people, the film documents the effect of media representations of transpeople though fascinating archival clips from across film history and interviews with leading transgender artists and activists.  Its 2020 Netflix release and grassroots screening campaign brought DISCLOSURE to a wide array of audiences who will never see transgender images the same way, and the film has been widely hailed as one of the best documentaries of 2020.


2014, 1hr 12min

Directed by Sam Feder

Viewers will have a 4-day viewing window to stream this film, from Sunday, February 28, 12:00noon to Wednesday, March 3, 7:00pm.

“A must see documentary and a treasure trove of preserved queer/trans history.”
—Ewan Duarte, IndieWire

Transgender-dyke.  Reluctant Polyamorist.  Sadomasochist.  Recovering Scientologist.  Pioneering Gender Outlaw.  Meet Auntie Kate!  Trailblazing performance artist-theorist-activist Kate Bornstein takes us on a mind-bending quest through her world, as she dismantles gender and seeks answers to the age-old question: What makes life worth living?  KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER AND PLEASANT DANGER captures rollicking public performances, intimate encounters, and painful revelations.  Bornstein’s 1994 book Gender Outlaw secured her place in history, but as she paved the way for generations of gender non-conforming people, she alienated others, resulting in protests and open letters that went viral on the internet.  By turns meditative, provocative, and playful, the film bears witness to a pioneering gender outlaw who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style, and astonishing candor. 



Programmed by Haverford College Visual Studies faculty Vicky Funari and John Muse, along with Patricia White (Swarthmore College) and Kate Thomas and Julien Saudeau (Bryn Mawr College). 



  • Haverford College: John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Visual Studies, VCAM, Haverford College Libraries

  • Swarthmore College: Film and Media Studies, Black Studies, Black Cultural Center

  • Bryn Mawr College: Film Studies, English, French and Francophone Studies 

  • Bryn Mawr Film Institute


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