Review: The Sound of Scars

Directed by Leigh Brooks, the story of three lifelong friends who overcame domestic violence, substance abuse and depression to form Life of Agony, one of the most influential bands in its genre, led by the very first openly transgender singer. Through the success of their ground-breaking 1993 debut “River Runs Red” they channelled their cumulative life stories into a soundtrack for a broken generation.

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Review: I Am the Tigress

Directed by Philipp Fussenegger and Dino Osmanoviç, Tischa Thomas cuts a beguiling figure in a tight dress, with strawberry blonde wig and enormous biceps. Her extraordinary transformation from overweight mother-of-three to disciplined athlete and dominatrix speaks volumes about the relationship between gender and race.

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Review: Jimmy in Saigon

Written and directed by Peter McDowell, a man embarks on a journey to uncover the truth behind his brother’s mysterious death. Frustrated by the secrecy – and possible shame – of his parents and desperate to uncover the mysteries surrounding both Jimmy’s life and his death, Peter ventures on a quest for the truth.

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Review: Boulevard! A Hollywood Story

Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, two young songwriters and romantic partners, Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley, find themselves caught in movie star Gloria Swanson‘s web when she hires them to write a musical version of “Sunset Boulevard”.

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Review: Framing Agnes

Written and directed by Chase Joynt, co-written by Morgan M. Page, after discovering case files from the UCLA gender clinic from the 1950s, a group of trans actors confronts the legacy of young trans women being forced to choose between honesty and access. Starring: Angelica Ross, Zackary Drucker, Jen Richards, Max Wolf Valerio, Silas Howard, Stephen Ira and Jules Gill-Peterson.

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Review: The Torch

Directed by Jim Farrell, at 83, Chicago legend Buddy Guy remains the standard bearer for the blues, an icon determined to see the art form live on long after he’s gone. Guy reflects on his legacy and passes along the blues lessons he received from legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Also starring: Quinn Sullivan, Carlos Santana, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa and Susan Tedeschi.

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