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Trans-focused L.A. Doc Comes to Columbia Gorge Int'l Film Festival

By Ryan J. Prado

August 6, 2010

Trans/Formed, a documentary completed in 2007 by filmmaker, producer and director Cleo Valente, will make only its second appearance since a sold-out world premiere at Los Angeles' Silent Movie Theatre when it comes to this month's Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in Vancouver, Wash.

Now in its third year, the Columbia Gorge Int'l Film Festival -- previously known as the Washougal International Film Festival -- strives to bring together community members, artists, educators, volunteers, critics and more in a four-day event featuring hundreds of independent films tackling a variety of styles and subjects. The festival runs from Wednesday, August 18 to Sunday, August 22 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Trans/Formed follows the lives of four transgender females of differing ethnic backgrounds living in Los Angeles, exposing along the way the challenges through contemporary taboo, and the hidden truths of the transgender community.

"When I started the project, I didn't know much about the community," Valente told Just Out. "Through years of volunteering for AIDS Project Los Angeles, I got in contact with a few wonderful men in transition, and their stories were full of hope. I admired so much their courage and honesty I felt the need to inform all communities of their struggles and loneliness, showing them as they are: human in the pursuit of happiness and true love!"

The special screening happens at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 20 in Theater D.

For more information on the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, visit washougalfilmfest.org.