This thesis aims to analyze the films of the Trans New Wave in order to define tropes and motifs of cinematic language and structure. The language of the filmmaking itself presents a different approach from mainstream transgender films, and this changes how certain imagery of transness is contextualized in a larger narrative. In particular, the films of the Trans New Wave operate in contrast to both historical trans films and modern prestige/studio films to deliver more realistic portrayals of trans peoples’ experiences and beliefs. This new language of the Trans New Wave serves to create a more accurate and profound portrayal of the daily lives of trans people, leading to a more enriching experience for trans audiences.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Turnage, Mel, "Transcinematheque: Defining Cinematic Language in the Trans New Wave" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1216.