Chauncey -Theater 2 Thu, Jun 29, 2023 7:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Pride at FilmScene
Doing Gender: Trans Perspectives on Film
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:98 minutes
Director:Harry Dodge, Silas Howard
Year Released:2001
Production Country:USA


Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride and the University of Iowa

Presented as part of Doing Gender: Trans Perspectives on Film

All tickets for Doing Gender are offered on a Pay-What-You-Can sliding scale with a suggested donation of $10. $1 from all ticket sales will be contributed to the Iowa Trans Mutual Aid Fund.

"[A] nearly perfect, delightfully gender-f*cking buddy comedy." —Shayna Maci Warner, Paste Magazine

"The queerest buddy movie ever… makes Midnight Cowboy look tame in comparison."Moira Sullivan,

"At times, the two leads recall Cassavetes and Falk from Mikey and Nicky, misfits who subvert their stereotypes to confront their own truths..."—Frameline

Groundbreaking when it was made and still fiercely innovative today, By Hook or By Crook is a butch and trans buddy film that chronicles three weeks in the life of a handsome, gender-bending, small-town trans man with a nagging messiah-complex. Emotionally defeated after the death of his father, Shy heads to the big city to sink himself into a “life of crime.” He is quickly distracted by Valentine, a deliriously expressive, wise-acre adoptee on a misguided search for his birth mother. The two freaky grifters join forces and learn the true meaning of “poise under pressure” in this visually stunning and wonderfully acted, anti-authoritarian tale of friendship, trust, and redemption.