MAJOR! is a documentary film exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. At the heart of MAJOR! is a social justice framework that puts the subjects at the center of their story. MAJOR! was produced in collaboration with Miss Major, the film’s participants, and a transPOC Community Advisory Board to ensure that these stories, which are so often marginalized, exoticized, or played for tragic drama, retain the agency and humanity of those who tell them.Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist.
Read more about Miss Major on our blog
She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. If history is held within us, embodied in our loves and losses, then Miss Major is a living library, a resource for generations to come to more fully understand the rich heritage of the Queer Rights movement that is so often whitewashed and rendered invisible.
Through first-person narration and innovative visual story telling, MAJOR! seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community’s struggle and resilience, as seen and experienced by those who lived it.
It’s rare that you get an opportunity to meet a Stonewall Veteran…
But, film fans in Seattle get that opportunity tonight, Thursday, May 12 at the opening of the 11th annual Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema. Translations is one of the few film festivals in the world dedicated to screening films by and for the Transgender community and their allies. The four day festival kicks off this evening at the Egyptian Cinema on Capitol Hill with the Seattle premiere of Major! a documentary film about transgender activist and community leader, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy who will be in attendance with director and producer Annalise Ophelian and co-producer and editor StormMiguel Florez.
A few tickets do remain for the screening. Snatch them HERE or at the door.
There will also be an after party event at St. Johns, 719 East Pike Street.