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In the Market for Authentic Transgender Films

While transgender filmmakers are starting to get their own films made, non-transgender filmmakers are still more likely to receive funding and distribution for their films about trans people and their lives. GLAAD will convene leading transgender critics and cultural commentators to weigh in about the storytelling trends they’re seeing, the landscape of trans tropes and clichés to avoid, and how to spot authentic trans stories that audiences are expecting and even demanding.

Alex Schmider, Associate Director of Transgender Representation, GLAAD

Tre’vell Anderson, Journalist
Shar Jossell, Journalist
Moi Santos, Coordinator, Outreach & Inclusion and Indigenous Programs, Sundance Institute

presented in partnership with GLAAD


Nov 03 2021


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm




  • Alex Schmider
    Alex Schmider
    Associate Director of Transgender Representation, GLAAD

    Alex Schmider is an award-winning film producer and the Associate Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization. At GLAAD, he advises media and entertainment industry leaders, and consults with production companies, editorial teams, brands, and corporations on how best to approach LGB and, specifically, transgender characters, storylines, marketing, social impact campaigns, and gender inclusion on digital platforms including Instagram, Google, and Zoom.

    He is Producer of the Critics Choice Award nominated Hulu Original Documentary Changing the Game (2021) and the Peabody Award Honored Netflix Original Documentary Disclosure (2020). Both films are audience acclaimed and Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Named one of them’s 2021 Now List, honoring LGBTQ+ visionaries and a member of the PGA’s inaugural Create class for producers, Schmider is also one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Media.

  • Moi Santos
    Moi Santos
    Coordinator, Outreach & Inclusion and Indigenous Programs, Sundance Institute

    Moi Santos is the Coordinator for the Indigenous and Outreach & Inclusion Programs at Sundance Institute. In this role, Moi works across all Sundance Institute Artist Programs to deepen engagement with, and support of, storytellers and audiences across ethnicities, genders, abilities, sexual orientations, and geographic regions. She also designs, oversees, supports and executes diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives, including the annual Sundance Institute Staff of Color Retreat; the Women of Color at Sundance group; and editing the blog series, Perspectives.

    She successfully created, designed, and led Sundance Institute’s first ever Trans Possibilities Intensive, a robust initiative which welcomed a cohort of transgender of color filmmakers to the Sundance family and which aims to provide a supportive environment for the fellows to work on their projects, sharpen their craft, develop community and challenge the obstacles that continue to exclude transgender artists of color.

    Prior to arriving at Sundance Institute, Moi was responsible for the development, management and execution of the annual NALIP Media Summit, the largest and most prestigious Latinx gathering in the media field nationwide. She holds a degree in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in visual culture and gender studies from the University of California, Berkeley — where she graduated magna cum laude.

  • Shar Jossell
    Shar Jossell

    Shar Jossell is an award-winning journalist, media personality, and writer. She focuses on pop culture reporting and writes in the intersections of gender, race, and entertainment. She has been featured on Buzzfeed, HuffPost, GLAAD, TMZ, Into, FOX Soul, That Grape Juice, and The Wrap–just to name a few.

    Her bylines include Variety, ZORA, and Bold Culture, and she penned the March 2021 International Women’s Day cover story for Cultured Magazine. Shar is currently a contributing culture writer for THEM, and a guest co-host for Channel Q Radio (Audacy.com).

    Jossell was notably named to Obvious Magazine’s inaugural Visionaries: People To Watch list in 2020 and she is also a 2021 Curve Award recipient for Emerging Journalists.

  • Tre'vell Anderson
    Tre'vell Anderson

    Tre’vell Anderson (they/them) is an award-winning journalist, social curator, and world changer who always comes to slay! Named to The Root’s 2020 list of the 100 most influential African Americans, they have dedicated their career to centering those in the margins, grey spaces, and at the intersections of life through a pop culture lens. Tre’vell is currently Editor-At-Large for Toronto’s Xtra and co-host of the Maximum Fun podcast, FANTI.

    Formerly the Director of Culture and Entertainment at Out magazine, Tre’vell got their start in journalism at the Los Angeles Times where they created the beat of diversity in Hollywood with a focus on Black and queer film. During their four years at The Times, they covered every major red carpet in Hollywood, interviewed everyone from Viola Davis and Ava DuVernay to fashion icon André Leon Talley and spearheaded projects that received industry-wide attention. Over the course of their career, their work has been recognized by the Online News Association, National Association of Black Journalists, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, the Shorty Awards, and the Los Angeles Press Club among others.

    A native of Charleston, SC, Tre’vell received their Bachelor’s degree in sociology from “the nation’s headquarters for Black male excellence,” Morehouse College. A year later, they earned their Master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University. In 2018, they received the “Passing the Torch Award” from Better Brothers Los Angeles for their work in media and representing the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, they were recognized as one of Empowerment Congress’s “40 Under 40.”

    Tre’vell is the immediate past president of the National Association of Black Journalists of Los Angeles (NABJLA), co-chair of NABJ’s LGBTQ Task Force and the organization’s Region IV Director. A well sought-after moderator and commentator, they’ve made appearances on MSNBC, NPR, Fox Business Network, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight Live.

    Follow them online at @TrevellAnderson on Twitter and @rayzhon on Instagram.

    *Note: Tre’vell uses they/them pronouns.