Translations 2020 – Trans-Webisodics (A Sampling) [Online]
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** Curated by Mocha James Herrup **
As the new frontier of entertainment, episodic web series are naturally well positioned to represent genders and sexualities in formation. These four series hand-picked for Translations employ humor, wit, and expressive visuality to present the cutting edge of culture.
(Russell Sheaffer & Joshua Byron, US, 2019, ep. 1: 7 min, ep. 2: 6 min)
A Sex and the City-inspired, Gilmore Girls-loving, DIY-embracing series that riffs on the creators’ real-life adventures and conversations and inserts nonbinary characters into the rom-com genre from which they have been historically excluded.
(Gretchen Wylder, Jett Garrison & Sophia Clark, US, 2019, ep. 1: 10 min, ep. 2: 10 min)
These Thems is the rare ensemble series that effectively combines comedy with education, teaching its audience about gender-nonconformity and various queer identities while delighting and captivating through sharp humor. Through seven incredible episodes, it features authentic casting and local settings, and puts the LGBTQ+ community in the driver’s seat, showing what can happen when we’re allowed to tell our own stories on television. — NewFest
(Rain Valdez, Natalie Heltzel, Sarah Poynter, Kalena Ranoa & Puppett, US, 2018, ep. 1: 5 min, ep. 2: 6 min)
A trans woman who exposes the damaging behaviors of white supremacy must avoid becoming part of the toxic “call-out” culture she wants to resist, in this series starring Rain Valdez (Transparent).
(D’Lo, US, 2016, ep. 1: 9 min, ep. 2: 7 min)
This comedic series starring D’Lo (Mr. Robot, Sense8) is about the life of a transmasculine private investigator and how he navigates his three primary relationships: his partner in crime, his partner in life, and his mom.