Disclosure Virtual Q&A

Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 pm: Q&A with filmmaker Sam Feder, moderated by Brit Fryer

The Jacob Burns Film Center is excited to welcome filmmaker Sam Feder for a live virtual conversation with Creative Culture alum and Jonathan Demme Changemaker Board Member, Brit Fryer, about Feder’s new film Disclosure.

About Disclosure:

Disclosure is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender representation in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments. Grappling with films like A Florida Enchantment (1914), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Crying Game (1992), and Boys Don’t Cry (1999), as well as television shows like The Jeffersons, The L Word, and Pose, they trace a history that is at once dehumanizing, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous. What emerges is a fascinating story of the dynamic interplay between trans representation onscreen, society’s beliefs, and the reality of trans lives. Reframing familiar film scenes and iconic characters in a new light, director Sam Feder invites viewers to confront unexamined assumptions and shows how what once captured the American imagination now elicits new feelings. Disclosure provokes a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people.

Disclosure is currently available to stream on Netflix. Watch the film at your convenience, then join us for a conversation with Sam Feder and Brit Fryer on November 17!

Tune into our YouTube Channel on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 pm to join the conversation live!



Sam Feder has created several award-winning documentaries that center the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and conflict within the queer and trans community. Sam seeks to connect transgender struggles and liberation to both the context of the present and legacy of the past by showing that our communal history makes our present lives possible. Sam’s second feature Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger was named one of the best LGBT documentaries of 2014 by The Advocate, and cited by IndieWire as one of the must-see films of the 2014.

Brit Fryer was the Fall 2018 Northwell Health and Wellness Fellow at the JBFC. He is a Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based filmmaker working across narrative and nonfiction. He is a graduate of Carleton College’s Cinema and Media Studies program, where he focused on experimental nonfiction and installation art. His films, which focus on the intersections of queerness, gender, and race have screened at festivals like NewFest, Blackstar Film Festival, and MIX: New York’s Queer Experimental Film Festival. Brit also serves as the Jonathan Demme Changemaker Board Member at the JBFC.

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