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Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama, Documentary
Release Date:February 4, 2000
Running time:86 minutes
Cast:Sandy Stone, Stafford, Jordy Jones, Texas Tomboy, Susan Stryker
Director:Monika Treut
Producer:Monika Treut
Writer:Monika Treut
Distributor:First Run Features

Description: Treut's newest film "Gendernauts" takes her to the Bay Area of San Francisco, the proclaimed mecca of gender fluidity, to explore "cyborgs" people who alter their bodies and minds with new technologies and chemistry in "gender elimination phenomena." She introduces us to San Francisco's leading gender mixers who have made the change from female to male or male to female. Treut records the hormone treatments, love stories, and lifestyles with performance and video/web artist Jordy Jones-who created a website devoted to Brandon Teena in the early 1990s. Sandy Stone, self-proclaimed "Goddess of Cyberspace" and author of "The War of Technology and Desire at the Close of the Mechanical Age", along with author and transgender expert Susan Stryker, provides an academic perspective for the film. Interviews with video artists Stafford and Texas Tomboy give insight into the day-to-day lives and create expressions of transgendered people. Ex Penthouse centerfold model Tornado, who has been a lover to some transgenders and a surrogate mom to others, and sex goddess Annie Sprinkle explain their long-standing support of transgender people. We also meet Hida, an intersexed (hermaphrodite) woman, and founder of ISNA, the Intersex Organization of North America, who happily inhabits the middle ground between male and female. We view subjects of "Gendernauts" as they undergo regular estrogen and testosterone treatments under the supervision of the Transgender Clinic, as well as celebrating at Club Confidential.

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