Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen is a 2020 American documentary film directed and produced by Sam Feder. The film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020. It was released on Netflix on June 19, 2020.

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen
Official poster
Directed bySam Feder
Produced by
  • Sam Feder
  • Amy Scholder
Music byFrancesco Le Metre
CinematographyAva Benjamin Shorr
Edited byStacy Goldate
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • January 27, 2020 (2020-01-27) (Sundance)
  • June 19, 2020 (2020-06-19) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States


The film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture. It features many famous transgender people in the film industry such as, Laverne Cox, Susan Stryker, Alexandra Billings, Jamie Clayton, Chaz Bono, Alexandra Grey, Yance Ford, Trace Lysette, Jazzmun, Mj Rodriguez, Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Elliot Fletcher, Brian Michael Smith, Sandra Caldwell, Candis Cayne, Jessica Crockett, Zackary Drucker, Lilly Wachowski, Ser Anzoategui, Michael D. Cohen, Zeke Smith, and Leo Sheng. It takes the audience through a history lesson using films and television shows to show how damaging and inaccurate the depiction and ideas of transgender people were displayed throughout, mostly, American cinema. Some of these examples used include Ace Ventura, Bosom Buddies, Tootsie, Victor Victoria, To Kill a Mockingbird, and much more. Disclosure provides a direct conversation between transgender people and Hollywood by showcasing both sides of the conversation with direct examples in film history.



The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020.[11] Shortly after, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film and released it on the platform on June 19, 2020.[12]

Critical response

Disclosure received positive reviews from film critics. As of July 2020, it holds a 98% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 47 reviews. It also has a weighted average of 7.99/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Disclosure engrossingly illuminates the history and effects of the way transgender lives are portrayed on screen – and outlines how much progress still needs to be made."[13]

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Nominees Result
2019 Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival Frameline Completion Fund Sam Feder Won
2020 Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Documentary Disclosure Nominated
2020 International Online Cinema Awards Best Documentary Sam Feder Nominated
2021 GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics of 2021 Dorian Awards Documentary of the Year, LGBT Documentary of the Year Disclosure Won[14]
2021 International Documentary Association Best Editing Stacy Goldate Nominated
2021 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Documentary Disclosure Won[15]


See also


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  5. "Sandra Caldwell". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
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  7. "Jessica Crockett". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
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  11. Siegel, Tatiana (December 4, 2019). "Sundance Unveils Female-Powered Lineup Featuring Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem, Abortion Road Trip Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  12. Day-Ramos, Dino (May 29, 2020). "Netflix Acquires Sundance Docu 'Disclosure' From Director Sam Feder". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  13. "Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  14. Tangcay, Jazz (April 18, 2021). "'Nomadland' and 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Named Top Films at Dorian Awards (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  15. "Disclosure, Schitt's Creek, Sam Smith, Happiest Season, I May Destroy You, CHIKA, Veneno, Star Trek: Discovery, The Boys in the Band, The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo among award recipients at the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards". GLAAD. April 8, 2021. Archived from the original on April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
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