On Sept. 5 at Womenfest Key West, and on Oct. 7 at the Fort Lauderdale International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (FLGLFF), LGBT film audiences and their allies will have the opportunity to view the award-winning documentary I Stand Corrected.
The film centers on the life of acclaimed jazz bassist Jennifer Leitham, a transgender woman who performed with Mel Tormé, Doc Severinsen, and many other jazz luminaries in the ’80s and ’90s.
After Leitham’s sex reassignment surgery in the early 2000s, she received support from many musicians, particularly Doc Severinsen, who appears in I Stand Corrected.
Director and producer Andrea Meyerson and Leitham were in sync on how they wanted to portray the transgender experience.
“I noticed all the documentaries being done about Trans people were always about the actual transition. I didn’t want to do that… I made a movie about an extraordinary musician that happens to be transgender,” Meyerson said.
Leitham also elaborated on this perspective.
“[I Stand Corrected] tells a positive story about the actions of a trans person. It doesn’t dwell on the negative aspects of transition or the personal angst. I’ve had some challenges but I was and still am pretty good at something,” she said. “That’s what counts. If mainstream audiences see this film, I think it will go a long way at educating people who perceive the trans experience as a negative thing.”
Throughout the past few months, the film has traveled the festival circuit, and has garnered accolades at Outfest, the American Documentary Film Festival, and Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival.