Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger
Currently in production.
Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger is a character-driven, feature-length, portrait film about the internationally renowned and celebrated author Kate Bornstein — a post-modern gender theorist, performance artist, trans-dyke, former high-ranking scientologist, heavily tattooed and pierced, 64 year old Jewish, queer icon. This is not a standard biopic or a linear story.
The film chronicles the life of one of the most influential minds in gender theory. It is a study of a complex human being and an exploration of form and content to reflect Kate Bornstein and her universe. The film engages with Kate’s personal and public persona illuminating her multifaceted, sometimes contradictory, and always charming personality that has won the hearts of people worldwide but at times have alienated others’ sensibilities.
From international performances to intimate dinners with her partner and menagerie (2 dogs, 3 cats, and a turtle), the film engages with the topics of transgender activism, queer-youth advocacy, ageism, mental illness, and alternatives to suicide. The film explores Kate’s artistic practice, her relationships, and her activism to create language, space, and permission for generations of people to live their lives, evoking her mantra to “do whatever it takes to make your life more worth living, just don’t be mean”.
The film looks at Kate’s all so human trajectory as a shape shifter, gender theorist, and depression survivor while engaging with artistic aesthetics, community, and queerness.
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