Zanderology: This film is an illustrated documentary about Zander Keig, a trans man who was born dead, paralyzed at age six, put in a mental hospital as a teen, was in a Mexican gang, joined the military, became an undercover drug officer, obtained three graduate degrees and is now a social worker for homeless veterans. Zanderology goes beyond telling people that it gets better and humorously explains how one person changed their life in almost every way possible. (Filmmaker: Megan Rohrer, 2014, TRT: 41:42).
See Zanderology at the Gender Reel Film Festival!
Minneapolis, MN: Dates: Sept 19 & 20;
Location: Regis Center for Art (Influx), Minneapolis, MN.
- Durham, NC: Dates: September, 19 & 20; Location: North Carolina
Central University, Micheaux School of Education, Durham, NC.
- Long Beach, CA: Dates: October 3 & 4; Location: Cultural Alliance Long Beach (CALB), Long Beach, CA.
- Philadelphia, PA: Dates: October 4 & 5; Location: The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA.
- Omaha, NE: Date: October, 19; Location:
JoslynArt Museum, Abbott Lecture Hall, Omaha, NE.
I chose to use cartoons to accompany Zander's narration, not because I'm the most amazing artist in the world. Zander has almost always looked and dressed the same (aside from a few mullet years) and I wanted to avoid the sensationalism and oversexualization that childhood photos sometimes create in stories about trans folk.
This is just one of the many choices that make this film different than other trans themed documentaries you may have seen. Zanderology is not meant to be a trans 101. Zanderology is so much more that, it presents Zander as a fully rounded person - whose transitions in life have been about so much more than hormones or surgery.
As I was looking over the footage from Zander's story and trying to decide what to share, I thought about sharing the tales of his professional psychic mother's illegal side projects, how Zander transitioned spiritually, or Zander's heartwarming reflections about how he inherited his drive from his father.
The clip above is a small part of the story of Zander's almost decade long transition from a self professed dyke who participated in the Lesbian Avengers to a trans man. If you want to hear all the details of that transition, you'll have to wait for the film. But, for now, I wanted to share with you a bit of the end of the story.
The joy Zander expresses in talking about the experience of being a man is palpable. Certainly, it's a familiar "it get's better" kind of tale. More importantly this film never apologizes for or tries to rationalize any of Zander's transitions.