Trans Summit


Whether you’re an actor, artist, activist or academic, you’re welcomed here. The afternoon will begin with our Academy Award–nominated keynote speaker Yance Ford (Strong Island), followed by three compelling case studies focused on specific areas of need in media representation. The room will then come together for an unedited, organic, and dynamic conversation about issues relating to the trans and non-binary experience, moderated by the LA Times’ award-winning reporter Tre’vell Anderson.

Case Studies:

We Forgot To Break Up (Dir: Chandler Levack, 16 min.)

Burton: Before And After (Dir: Courtney Hermann & Kerribeth Elliott, 15 min.)

Bathroom Rules (Dir: Charlie Hidalgo, 5 min.)


SAT | July 21 | 2:30 PM | DGA 2 

Post Event Reception:

DGA Atrium | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

About Yance Ford:

Yance Ford is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director and producer based in New York City. His debut film Strong Island was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards. Ford made history as the first openly transgender director nominated for the Oscar. The Root named him among the 100 most influential African Americans of 2017. The Guardian said of the film, There’s something different about Strong Island, a film characterized by raw emotion and calm anger, which must surely be considered one of the finest documentaries of 2017. Strong Island  launched globally on Netflix in September 2017.

About Tre’vell Anderson:

Tre’vell Anderson (he/she/they) is an award-winning reporter with the Los Angeles times covering diversity in Hollywood with a focus on black and queer film. In 2018, Tre’vell received the “Passing the Torch Award” from Better Brothers Los Angeles for their work in media. A gender-nonconforming social curator and self-dubbed world changer, they are also president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Twitter: @trevellanderson Instagram: @rayzhon