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Framing Agnes (75 min. 2022)

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Based on transcripts from a 1950s UCLA study on transgender individuals, Chase Joynt and his cast employ re-enactments, reinvention, and personal reflections to examine the trans stories that are told and how—and by whom—they are authored.


Framing Agnes sees the director assume the role of vintage talk show host and administers clinical interrogations of the titular Agnes (Zackary Drucker) and dozens of other individuals who transitioned in the mid-20th century. Further blurring fact and fiction, Joynt and his collaborators counterpoint their lived experiences with those of the people they’re portraying, while academic Jules Gill-Peterson offers historical context.


Sundance Film Festival NEXT Innovator; Audience Award

    • Director
      Chase Joynt