Film and Q&A: Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger

Film and Q&A: Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger

CLAGS is proud to present a screening and Q&A with Kate Bornstein and director Sam Feder of the documentary film “Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger.”

Trailblazing performance artist-theorist-activist, Kate Bornstein, takes us on a mind-bending quest through her world dismantling gender and seeking answers to the age-old question: What makes life worth living? Kate Bornstein is… captures rollicking public performances and painful personal revelations bearing witness to the pioneering gender outlaw who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style, and astonishing candor. Frequenting 1990’s day-time talk shows, Kate’s book Gender Outlaw secured her place in history. While paving the way for generations of gender non-conforming people, she alienated others resulting in live protests and open letters going viral on the Internet.

Bornstein explodes binaries while deconstructing gender—and her own identity. Trans-dyke. Reluctant polyamorist. Sadomasochist. Recovering Scientologist. Pioneering gender outlaw. Sam Feder’s playful and meditative portrait on Bornstein, captures rollicking public performances and painful personal revelations as it bears witness to Kate as a trailblazer who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style and astonishing candor.

Increasingly, films narrate the personal lives and transitions of transgender people. Moving the genre forward, Kate Bornstein is… focuses on Kate’s brilliant work and multiplicity of complicated identities. As she receives a grim cancer diagnosis, Kate confronts her own mortality and purpose in life, giving her own motto renewed urgency: “Do whatever it takes to make your life worth living. Just don’t be mean.”

By turns meditative and playful, the film invites us on a thought-provoking journey through Kate’s world seeking answers to some of our biggest questions.


Sam Feder:

Sam Feder is the director, producer, and editor of Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger. Feder’s directorial debut, the award winning feature , BOY I AM, is cited as one of the 10-Must See Gender Documentaries. Sam’s work can be seen internationally at film festivals, universities and colleges, museums, and libraries. They have received national grants, fellowships and residencies from: The Jerome Foundation Grant, the RFA Excellence in Filmmaking Grant, Frameline Completion Fund, Crossroads Foundation, Funding Exchange, Astraea Foundation for Social Justice,  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Sam was granted a 2013 Yaddo Artist Residency, and a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow Residency.

Kate Bornstein: 

Kate Bornstein is a performance artist and playwright who has authored several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us, and My Gender Workbook, which she is currently updating for a second edition after 15 years. Her 2006 book, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws, propelled Kate into an international position of anti-bully advocacy for marginalized youth which has earned her two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe.Kate’s books are taught in five languages in over 200 colleges and universities around the world. She lives in New York City with her girlfriend, three cats, two dogs, and one turtle, in whose company she wrote her new memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: the true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.” The book was released on May 1st, 2012, which is also Kate’s 26th girl birthday.

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