In 1958, a young trans woman named Agnes entered a study about sex disorders at UCLA to get the gender-affirming care she needed by any means necessary. Her story was long considered to be exceptional until never-before-seen case files of other patients were found in 2017. Directed by Chase Joynt and featuring an all-star cast of transgender artists and performers, Framing Agnes uses re-enactment and genre-blurring storytelling techniques to breathe new life into previously unknown people who redefined gender in the midcentury.
Chase Joynt (he/him) is a director and writer whose films have won jury and audience awards internationally. His debut documentary feature, Framing Agnes, had its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. With Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase co-directed No Ordinary Man, a feature-length documentary about jazz musician Billy Tipton. With Samantha Curley, Chase runs Level Ground Productions, a collaboratively run production company in Los Angeles.