DISCLOSURE is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions 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, The Crying Game, and Boys Don’t Cry, and with 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 dynamic interplay between trans representation on screen, society’s beliefs, and the reality of trans lives. Reframing familiar 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 elicit new feelings. Disclosure provokes a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people.
Cited by indieWIRE as one of the “exciting trans filmmakers shaking up Hollywood”, Sam Feder’s award-winning documentaries center the intersections of race, class, gender, and conflict within the queer and trans community. Sam’s last feature, "Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger," was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by The Advocate, won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism and multiple best feature film awards. Sam’s work has been made possible with support from The Jerome Foundation, Astraea Foundation for Social Justice, The MacDowell Colony, and the Yaddo artist residency.