Gossamer Folds + Director Q&A

An unexpected friendship blossoms after a young family moves in next door to a trans woman named Gossamer.


Lisa Donato



usa, 96 mins

During the summer of 1986, ten-yr-old Tate Millikin is uprooted and forced to move to the suburbs of Kansas City. When his transphobic father discovers that their next door neighbour is a trans woman named Gossamer, he forbids Tate to even say hello to her. As Tate’s parents’marriage unravels, Tate defies his father’s orders and, instead, forms a powerful bond with Gossamer and her father, Edward, a retired English professor.

Lisa Donato is a writer, director, and activist from Billings, Montana. She is an Iris Prize alumni, competing in 2018 with short film There You AreThe feature film Signature Move, co-written with Fawzia Mirza, also screened at Iris in the same year. 

See a pre-recorded conversation with director Lisa Donato after the film screening.

Available until 31 October 2020
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