Fractal: Stories Across the Gender Spectrum
Fractal: Stories Across the Gender Spectrum
Fractal: Stories Across the Gender Spectrum
Fractal: Stories Across the Gender Spectrum

Fractal: Stories Across the Gender Spectrum

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  • Directed by: Petra Totten, Ley Comas, Vaughn Shoonmaker, Darcy McKinnon and Biliana Grozdanova
  • Released: 2022 (educational)
  • Produced: 2021-2022
Running Time:  72 min (4 Shorts) 
Language: English & Various
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: Gender Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Identity, Queer Film


Fractal: Stories Across the Gender Spectrum is a collection of 4 Transgender and Gender Queer Documentary Shorts that explores the wide spectrum of experiences often left out of the traditional narrative. From a successful trans woman running her own salon in New Orleans to a collective experimental video essay road film; the collection expands on the joys, struggles and honest conversations within the community.

A Fine Girl
Directed by: Darcy McKinnon (she/her) and Biliana Grozdanova (she/her)
A FINE GIRL follows Brandi Jarrow, a 27-year old trans woman of color from New Orleans, as she takes the personal and professional success she has achieved as a hairstylist, and works to open an inclusive luxury salon. The film is a joyful, optimistic portrait of what's possible when we include and uplift trans people as essential contributors to our community.
Official Selection at IF/Then Shorts 2019 New Orleans Film Festival
My Body is a Place Just Like Any Other
Directed by: Petra Totten (she/they)
Making her way across the deserts of North America in search of a place she can find herself reflected, Carrie muses on her identity through memories, stories, and conversations with people in the trans* community to uncover what it means to have an embodied experience in the world.
Official Selection at TRANSlations Transgender Film Festival 2022
Ni Aqui Ni Alla
Directed by: Ley Comas (they/them)
Growing up in the Dominican Republic, filmmaker Ley Comas had a negative understanding of their trans identity. Years later, they attempt to share their truth with their religious family.
Official Selection at 2021 OutFest
Princess Stephaney
Directed by: Vaughn Shoonmaker (he/him)
When the world shuts down to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, New Orleans' premier drag queen is left without a bar to tend and no one to entertain. With nothing but time on her hands and unpaid bills pilling up, Princess Stephaney reckons with her age, her solitude and an uncertain future for her life in the Crescent City.
Official Selection at 2020 New Orleans Film Festival