Framing Agnes is a powerful love letter to the transgender individuals whose stories were buried within the case files of a 1950s gender clinic.
A star-studded lineup of all-trans performers, including Jen Richards (Tales of the City), Angelica Ross (Pose) and Silas Howard (By Hook or By Crook, MGFF02) breathe life into never-before-seen transcripts of research participant interviews. Contrasting these stories with the now-infamous Agnes, who researchers centred their published research on, director Chase Joynt (No Ordinary Man, MGFF20) uses the talk show format to interrogate who has ownership over this history and reframe how we think about our forgotten trans elders.
Content warning: contains discussions of transphobia and suicide
“Framing Agnes is a film of quiet but decisive radicality that builds its own genesis and production into it.”
— The New Yorker