San Francisco Documentary Festival 2023

Bay Area Shorts: Legends + Q&A

Expired June 12, 2023 6:59 AM
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This 26-minute experimental documentary film tells the life of pioneering transgender labor activist Denise D’Anne.

Left in a Brooklyn orphanage, then foster care, followed by a reluctant return to his mother, Tony Albanese grew up confused and lonely. Having endured harassment in the army, then ten years as an executive secretary for the Southern Pacific Railroad, Tony decides, in 1968, to realign his gender identity and to start anew in San Francisco. Now Denise D'Anne, she commits her life to furthering labor causes, sexual and gender freedom, and a multitude of women and environmental issues, including the launch of one of the first organized recycling programs through her work with the San Francisco Department of Human Services and city government.

Based on Denise's autobiography, GOING THE DISTANCE: THE LIFE OF DENISE D'ANNE, this film is a cinematic-memoir-love-letter about a gender-feminist-social-environmental-justice pioneer and narrated in her own words.

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  • Runtime
    26 minutes
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  • Director
    Brian J Favorite