By Chase JOYNT


Documentary - Post-Production 2019

A hybrid doc-fiction that seizes control of the TV talk show format to reveal six previously unknown stories from the archives of the UCLA Gender Clinic in the 1950s.

& Awards

Tribeca FF 2019
Shorts: Forces of Nature,Pride: Front and Center
BFI Flare 2019
Inside Out 2019
Winner - Audience Award for Best Experimental Short
Seattle Transgender FF 2019
Winner - Audience Award for Best Documentary Short
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary, LGBT, Experimental
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    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Chase JOYNT
    • Writer(s)
    • Moran m. PAGE
    • Producer(s)
    • Shant JOSHI (Fae Pictures), Samantha CURLEY (Level Ground)
    • Synopsis
    • FRAMING AGNES is a feature length doc-fiction hybrid that turns the talk show format inside out in response to media’s ongoing fascination with trans and gender non-conforming people. The film is split into three distinctive narrative arcs.
      First, is the fictionalized 1950s TV talk show format where director Chase Joynt portrays a Mike Wallace- type host and the cast portray six transgender patients participating in UCLA’s Gender Clinic. Playing the classic TV talk show host, Joynt interrogates the patients to understand how they see their “condition.” Second, is the archival documentary arc where Joynt, co-writer Morgan M. Page, and archivist Kirsten Schilt, travel America scouring through the thousands of medical and academic files on transgender people dating back to the 1950s.
      Finally, is the modern-day exploration, where Joynt and the all-star celebrity cast discuss the evolution of how the general public from the 1950s to today understands and discusses transgender people. Through these three narrative arcs, we can gain an understanding of how the world has perceived transgender people and how transgender people have seen themselves over the past half-century.
      In a moment when Laverne Cox has declared to TIME Magazine as the transgender tipping-point, FRAMING AGNES questions how exposure in the media has changed our view on the transgender person.
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