Tr*nnychasers (film)

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Tr*nnychasers (film)

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Note: According to the film, "In Skateboarding lingo, 'Tranny' refers to the radial curve between a horizontal and vertical plain." The usage of this term has become controversial in the skating community in the 21st century due to its more common use in mainstream culture as a slur targeting individuals who identify as transgender. In the context of this film, the term "Tranny" is not intended as a slur. Please continue reading for further context.

Film Description:

Two queer, androgynous best friends embark on a 5000 mile skateboad road trip across the Western United State in search of concrete bowls and what it means to be a queer skater in a deeply homophobic culture.

Travis Clough got his first skateboard at age 12 after seeing the movie Gleaming the Cube and becoming obsessed. Growing up a skater in Maine in the early 90's (and the only girl) meant practicing ollies in the living room waiting for the snow to melt, creating your own skate parks out of tall curbs and rickety wooden ramps, and in general, endlessly being tormented by the question: "Are you a boy or a girl". Eventually, Travis moved to Gunninson, CO where he learned to skate bowls, and then Boston, MA, where for the first time in his life, met another skater who was a tomboy, queer and androgynous: Tam Willey. In 2006, Travis relocated to San Fransisco to work on the queer film Maggots & Men. Tam flew to SF to meet Travis and they embarked on their 14 day journey across the Western United States from San Juan Island in Washington to Grand Canyon in Arizona and beyond. Travis recently moved back to Maine and is now a Registered Maine Guide.

Tam Willey (they,she,he) is a self employed gender liminal adventurer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Skate culture was the first place they found a home but despite finding a chosen family of punk misfits, Tam never quite truly felt comfortable and able to be themself until meeting Travis at a skatepark and discovering that there were "others" like them and that is was possible to both be a skateboarder and a queer person. Building ramps and finding magic in the shadows of the dominant stories of the tamed world is Tam's bread and butter. Tam has since traded their skateboard in for a surfboard and seeks new ways of connecting as a forest therapy guide.

Publication Date

2007

Publisher

smileytomboy Productions

Keywords

Skateboard, Skate Culture, androgynous, androgyny, transgender, trans, trans culture, LGBTQ, Road Trip, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Las Vegas, Popular Culture, 2000s

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American Art and Architecture | American Film Studies | American Popular Culture | American Studies | Anthropological Linguistics and Sociolinguistics | Broadcast and Video Studies | Comparative and Historical Linguistics | Creative Writing | Critical and Cultural Studies | Cultural History | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Digital Humanities | English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Film and Media Studies | Folklore | Gender and Sexuality | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | History of Gender | Human Geography | Inequality and Stratification | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Journalism Studies | Language Interpretation and Translation | Leisure Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Linguistic Anthropology | Modern Languages | Music | Nature and Society Relations | Nonfiction | Oral History | Other American Studies | Other Anthropology | Other Communication | Other English Language and Literature | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Film and Media Studies | Other Geography | Other History | Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Other Linguistics | Other Music | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Other Sociology | Politics and Social Change | Public History | Race and Ethnicity | Regional Sociology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Social History | Sociology of Culture | Sports Studies | Syntax | Tourism | United States History | Visual Studies

Tr*nnychasers (film)


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