For the trans community, the story of Agnes Torres – a woman who approached the UCLA Medical Center in the late 1950s seeking sex reassignment surgery -- has made her an historic figure and a sort of folk hero.

For decades, Agnes’s case file provided unique insight into institutional understanding of gender non-conforming issues from that era, but in 2017, files of other similarly situated patients were discovered.

The critically acclaimed and TriBeCa-premiered film, Framing Agnes is an experimental look at these cases with a cast that both depicts and reflects upon these historical figures.

Filmmaker Chase Joynt joined Evening Beat anchor Amrit Singh for a conversation in advance of Framing Agnes’s L.A. premiere at OutFest, to discuss the real-life Agnes, and the state of discourse and understanding around trans identity and issues.