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Sundance Institute names six artists for inaugural Trans Possibilities Intensive

The Sundance Institute has announced the six participants in its newly launched Trans Possibilities Intensive. The inaugural intensive is a three-day virtual program focused on advancing transgender storytellers of color and ...
October 18, 2021

The Sundance Institute has announced the six participants in its newly launched Trans Possibilities Intensive.

The inaugural intensive is a three-day virtual program focused on advancing transgender storytellers of color and their film projects. The institute provides a supportive environment for artists to work on their projects and develop community, challenging obstacles that exclude transgender artists of color. Moi Santos, the institute’s Outreach & Inclusion and Indigenous Programs Coordinator, designed and leads the intensive, with guidance from creative advisors including Sam Feder (Disclosure), Yance Ford (Strong Island), Tourmaline (Salacia) and Ro Haber (Stonewall Forever).

“This Intensive is the result of ongoing and evolving priorities through Sundance’s Outreach and Inclusion work and a year of thoughtful and intentional planning, heartfelt commitment, and a belief in supporting transgender storytellers of color and their stories,” said Santos via a Sundance release.

“We are honored that the Fellows have chosen to share their artistic journeys with us and look forward to continuing our relationship and building community together for years to come.”

Sundance’s selected fellows can include filmmakers working on both scripted and unscripted projects. Documentary-maker StormMiguel Florez is among the inaugural six participants. The trans, queer Xicane filmmaker (The Whistle, MAJOR!) is working on Welcome to Roswell.

The other selected fellows include Ava Davis, River Gallo, Carol Grant, Mitchell (MiSha) Owens and Savannah Ward. Each fellow was nominated by the Sundance Institute’s allied organizations, including groups working explicitly with emerging transgender artists of color, and peers within the Sundance Artist Programs.

The intensive program begins Monday (Oct. 18) with filmmakers Tourmaline and Feder discussing their filmmaking processes, the state of transgender representation in film and the power of storytelling as an agent of cultural change.

In conjunction with this work, the Sundance Institute partnered with GLAAD and the filmmakers of the Disclosure documentary to build a toolkit geared toward entertainment industry executives and creators who want to use Disclosure as a resource for trans-inclusive storytelling. The toolkit is set to be available in November.

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