'Trannies' gets another local advocate for free speech

Posted on 05 Apr 2010 at 11:32am

Bubbles

I’m please to be one of the few  people unconnected to Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives who has actually seen the film and thinks it’s good. I’m also proud to say that, unlike some others, I actually believe in freedom of speech.

It’s nice to see Todd Camp does, too.

Camp, founder of Fort Worth’s Q Cinema, has announced that Israel Luna’s controversial film — where drag queens, some actual transgender women, fight back after a brutal gay bashing — will get its “Southwestern premiere” at the 12-year-old gay film fest later this spring. But what I really like is the thoughtful way Camp & Co. address the attacks on the film:

The film has already touched off a wave of criticism throughout the blogosphere, inspiring a Facebook group out to have the pulled from Tribeca and planned protests in New York. [GLAAD] issued an action alert declaring that, “the film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and use grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face.”

Q Cinema staffers had made the determination to show the film before the trans tempest began stirring, but remain even more committed to presenting it after watching the efforts to try to have the film removed from Tribeca.

Q Cinema, first and foremost, has been a supporter of local filmmakers and Israel has been a long-time friends of the festival since we premiered his first feature several years ago. … Oone of the roles of any film festival is the present new, dangerous, sometimes unpopular ideas and the allow audiences to decide for themselves. …

For the film’s legions of critics, this is an opportunity to see it before you pass judgment on it in order to avoid the kind of sight-unseen criticism that has long plagued gay- and lesbian-themed entertainment of all kinds. We’re here to screen films and open a dialogue about them afterwards. That’s what we’ve done for 12 years, and we’re not about to stop now.

Another strike in favor of free speech! Thanks, Todd, for reminding GLAAD (which Tribeca called out as hypocrites after they ENDORSED the film earlier before shifting their opinion with the political winds)  and their fellow advocates favoring censorship would think about this, they’d see what they are doing is no better than what happened in Stephenville and ever gay-themed movie that has ever tried to play in a small-town.

Dallas — and New York — is not a small town. Too bad it is being painted with small-town thinking on this issue of artistic expression.

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