Transgender and non-binary filmmakers

by MsJessicaAriSinger | created - 26 Dec 2019 | updated - 17 Jun 2020 | Public

Transgender filmmakers advancing visibility behind the camera

1. Lana Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, also known as the Wachowskis, are the duo behind such ground-breaking movies as The Matrix (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2012). Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight ...

2. Lilly Wachowski

Writer | The Matrix

Director, writer, and producer Lilly Wachowski was born in 1967 in Chicago, the daughter of Lynne, a nurse and painter, and Ron, a businessman. Lilly was educated at Kellogg Elementary School in Chicago, before moving on to Whitney M. Young High School. After graduating from high school, she ...

3. Janet Mock

Producer | Pose

Janet Mock is a writer, director and executive producer for the FX series "Pose" and the Netflix limited series "Hollywood." She's also the New York Times bestselling and trailblazing author of two memoirs, Redefining Realness (2014) and Surpassing Certainty (2017) about her journey as a trans ...

4. Silas Howard

Director | Dickinson

Silas Howard is an award-winning feature film, documentary film, music video, web series and television director and writer, with a longtime focus in telling honest, boundary-shattering narratives filled with groundbreaking characters. His career took off in 2001, when his first feature film, By ...

5. Yance Ford

Director | Strong Island

Yance Ford is an Oscar nominated director and producer based in New York City. His debut film Strong Island won the 2017 Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award, the Gotham Award for Best Documentary, and the Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Doc. Strong Island was nominated for Best ...

6. Jake Graf

Writer | Dusk

Jake Graf is a London based actor, writer and director who has been creating his own content since 2011. Working independently, Jake has developed a wealth of experience in all aspects of filmmaking, and his extensive catalogue of self-auteured work over that time is testament to his passion and ...

7. Selene Kapsaski

Producer | Spidarlings

Selene Rafaela Kapsaski is a writer, film director, and producer living in Manchester, England. Selene is the director of the cult Horror Musical Spidarlings (2016) released by Troma Entertainment and the upcoming Sci-Fi Film The Moon Is a Hologram (2024).

Selene Kapsaski is also the director and a ...

8. Kimberly Reed

Producer | Dark Money

Kimberly Reed is known for Dark Money (2018), Prodigal Sons (2008) and Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011).

9. Sydney Freeland

Director | Drunktown's Finest

Sydney Freeland was born on October 29, 1980 in Gallup, New Mexico, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Drunktown's Finest (2014), Reservation Dogs (2021) and Rez Ball.

10. Zackary Drucker

Director | The Stroll

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer...

11. Rhys Ernst

Director | Adam

Rhys Ernst is known for Adam (2019), The Thing (2011) and Transparent (2014).

12. Ro Haber

Director | Ink

Ro Haber is known for Ink (2016), New Deep South: House of JXN (2017) and Jellyfish. (2014).

13. Sam Feder

Producer | Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Sam Feder is a Peabody Award nominated film director. Cited by Indiewire as one of the "exciting trans filmmakers shaking up Hollywood", Sam's films explore the intersection of visibility and politics along the lines of race, class, and gender. Sam's filmmaking practice models inclusion and equity ...

14. Andrea James

Producer | Transproofed

Andrea James was born on January 16, 1967 in the USA. She is a producer and director, known for Transproofed (2009), Transamerica (2005) and Casting Pearls (2007).

15. Dylan Mars Greenberg

Actress | Dark Prism

Paper Magazine said it best: " Somewhere between the faded pastels and grainy VHS footage of the '80s and the neo-Dada internet iconoclasm of today lies Dylan Mars Greenberg." Greenberg got an early foothold into the art world; by the time she was 15 she was performing in East Village clubs and ...

16. Emmett Jack Lundberg

Premium Rush

Emmett Jack Lundberg is known for Premium Rush (2012), The Other Guys (2010) and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011).

17. Harper Shecter

Producer | Model No. Human

Harper Shecter was born and raised in metro Detroit and is a multi-award winning Producer. Her credits include "Five Windows", "The Dark Below" and "Within".

She has been active in film production since 2007. Harper is inspired by her peers in the Michigan film scene and happy to be part of a ...

18. Ariel Mahler

Director | Flock

Ariel Mahler is known for Flock (2020), Death and Bowling (2021) and Façades: The Web Series (2016).

19. Joey Soloway

Producer | Transparent

Joey Soloway was born on September 26, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. They are a producer and writer, known for Transparent (2014), Six Feet Under (2001) and United States of Tara (2009). They were previously married to Bruce Gilbert, and for writing and directing the feature Afternoon Delight (...

20. Reina Gossett

Director | Happy Birthday, Marsha!

Reina Gossett is known for Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2017), Mudbound (2017) and Salacia (2019).

21. Chase Joynt

Director | Framing Agnes

Chase Joynt is a moving-image artist and writer whose work interrogates representations of gender and violence. Awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist (Inside Out, Toronto) and jury awards for Best Documentary (Bangalore, Regent Park), Best Short (Ecuador) and ...

22. Antonio Yee

Production_designer | 3 Versos

Antonio Yee is known for 3 Verses (2016), Ascension (2018) and Pandora (2016).

23. Jessica Dunn Rovinelli

Editor | So Pretty

Jessica Dunn Rovinelli is known for So Pretty (2019), Marriage Story (2020) and Empathy (2016).

24. Ashley Cooper

Writer | ReincarNate

Passionate about storytelling from a young age, Ashley established herself as a filmmaker to watch after crowdfunding two short films. Elijah the Prophet, starring Art Hindle (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) & Melanie Nicholls-King (The Wire) raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter, was named one of the...

25. Faraz Arif Ansari

Director | Sisak

Faraz Arif Ansari is known for Sisak (2017), Sheer Qorma (2021) and Siberia (2015).

26. Campbell X

Director | Different for Girls

Campbell X is known for Different for Girls (2017), Stud Life (2012) and Low Rider.

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