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UCSB’s Pollock Theater Presents Free Cece!

May 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Wednesday, May 10, UCSB’s Pollock Theater presents the 2016 film, Free CeCe! at 7 p.m in efforts to explore the relationship between sexual orientation and gender identity outside of a rigid binary view of the world.

The film captures the story of CeCe McDonald, an African-American and bi-trans woman woman who survives a brutal attack, only to be incarcerated for defending her life. Her story inspired an international movement advocating for her freedom and since her release, she has worked to critique the prison-industrial complex and to advocate for reforms to the criminal justice system. Featuring CeCe McDonald and Laverne Cox, this documentary confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color.

Director Jacqueline (Jac) Gares, a New York-based filmmaker and freelance television producer, Moderator, Lal Zimman of the UCSB’s Department of Linguistics will host a Q&A after the screening of the film.

Jacqueline Gares is a New York-based filmmaker and freelance television producer. From 2009 to 2012, she served as series producer for “In The Life” on public television, and during her tenure, the series garnered awards from NLGJA, GLAAD, and Webbys. Gares has worked as a freelance producer on television specials and documentaries for the History Channel, Food Network, and USA Networks. Her first documentary Unraveled, which concerns genetic testing and Alzheimer’s Disease,  won a Freddie Award in 2008, and her short film, Remnant, won a TELLY Award in 1999.  She has received awards from the Ford Foundation and the Jerome Foundations as an emerging film/video artist.

Lal is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Affiliated Faculty in Feminist Studies at UCSB. His research focuses on the relationship between language, identity, and the body in trans and queer communities. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to this work, which ranges from qualitative discourse analysis of coming-out narratives and talks about the body to quantitative acoustic analysis of the voice. The overarching goal of his work is to highlight the powerful challenges trans-gender people pose to the naturalization of gender and sex and the power of language to reshape gender and sexual politics.

The event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.


—Danielle Hazlett


Pollock Theater
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States
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