Film - Filmmakers Live! Filmfest 2023




Who determines what is masculine? And how can images of masculinity be (de)constructed in our society and on the screen? Directors Dionne Edwards and Elegance Bratton approach these questions in very different ways in their impressive feature film debuts:

While Edwards in PRETTY RED DRESS tells the story of a former prison inmate and bad boy who completely rediscovers himself by wearing a red dress, Bratton in THE INSPECTION devotes himself to the story of a queer recruit of the US Marine Corps, inspired by his own biography. On this panel, the two, along with their producer:s Chester Algernal Gordon and Georgia Goggin, talk about their sometimes tragic, sometimes comedic examination of masculinities.

A member of the LGBTQ+ community, Bratton's work captures untold stories to show the universal power of humanity. Bratton's films have screened at over 200 film festivals worldwide, including Sundance Festival, Outfest, BFI, Doc NYC, and the BlackStar Film Festival. He made his television debut as creator and executive producer of the series MY HOUSE. His documentary PIER KIDS made its television and streaming debut in the U.S. in August 2021. As the opening film of the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival, THE INSPECTION made its world premiere and closed the 2022 New York Film Festival.

As a director and screenwriter, Dionne Edwards is known for her insightful analyses of interpersonal relationships and the inner conflicts of her characters. In addition to her feature debut PRETTY RED DRESS, her other works include the 30-minute drama THAT GIRL (2018) and the short film WE LOVE MOSES (2016), which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, subsequently screened at over 50 festivals (including ABFF and TIFF) worldwide, and won nine awards. In addition, Dionne is a recipient of the inaugural 2020/21 Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship.

With: Elegance Bratton, Chester Algernal Gordon, Dionne Edwards, and Georgia Goggin.
Moderator: Julia Weigl

Language: English
All are welcome. Admission free — first come, first served