The LAB
Trans Francisco
Directed by Glenn Davis

Tuesday, June 23, 7:30 pm
complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided
$7 admission

Trans Francisco

Directed by Glenn Davis
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
7:30 pm, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided
$7 admission
or free with Lab membership ($50 level and above).
To attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before noon on Tuesday, June 23rd at noon.

Although considered to be the most liberal city in America, San Francisco can be extremely challenging for male-to-female transsexuals. Many face employment and social discrimination. A great number resort to dangerous sex work and prostitution. And outside of the home, almost every transsexual potentially exposes him/herself to public ridicule and, often, violence.

Trans Francisco offers an unexpected look at the daily lives of a wide range of transsexuals in San Francisco and, in the process, reveals how hard it can be to lead a “normal” life.  At the same time, Glenn Davis’ brave film holds a mirror up to a city that prides itself on its tolerance, while pondering the possibilities of true acceptance in a society increasingly at war over sexuality and what happens in the bedroom.

Moderator – Marc Smolowitz
Marc Smolowitz is an Academy Award-nominated film, television & new media producer (The Weather Underground, Trembling Before G-d) and Executive Producer and Consultant to a diverse slate of San Francisco media and technology companies. He is on the faculty at the Digital Film Making program at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco, and also serves as Chair of the Technology Impact Circle at Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy group that gives grants to Bay Area nonprofits. His forthcoming films include The HIV Story Project, a short film compilation that brings together filmmakers working in creative collaboration with people living with HIV/AIDS.

Rough Cuts thanks its partners Five Vintners and Reelchanges.org for their support of the series.

Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at the LAB, a non-profit gallery/performance space in the Mission. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.

Download a PDF application for the June ‘09 series here: June 09 Rough Cuts Application_rev
View selection criteria and the screening committee here: June 09 Criteria and Screening
View the March ’09 series here.
View the Fall ’08 series here.
View the Spring Series ’08 here
For questions about Rough Cuts, email Chris Holbrook at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.