XXXY (film)

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Kristi Bruce, San Francisco, California, 2000
Directed byPorter Gale, Laleh Soomekh
StarringKristi Bruce
Howard Devore
Jorge Daaboul, MD
Alice Bruce
John Bruce
Stanford University, Department of Art & Art History
Distributed byBerkeley Media, LLC
Release date
  • June 22, 2000 (2000-06-22)
Running time
13 minutes
CountryUnited States

XXXY is a short documentary by Porter Gale and Laleh Soomekh.[1]

The film features two people born intersex: San Francisco bicycle messenger Kristi Bruce and clinical psychologist Howard Devore. The full movie is available online.[2]


Kristi Bruce (now Jim Ambrose) and Howard Devore tell their stories. Jorge Daaboul, Medical Director of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Florida Hospital for Children, provides a clinical perspective.[3] Kristi's parents, Alice and John, discuss their experience raising a child born with a variation of sex anatomy.[4]


Widely praised, XXXY received a number of awards including the 2001 Student Academy Award for Best Documentary,[5] and the Student Award for Best Documentary at the 6th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.[6] The film was recommended viewing for the Second Queer Short Film Festival,[7] and went on to screen at more than a dozen national and international film festivals.

Winston Wilde, Professor of Human Sexuality and Behavioral Sciences at Santa Monica College called the movie, "the finest film on the issues of intersex Americans, and an indispensable tool for instructors of Human Sexuality, Gender Identity, and Social Psychology."[8]

Filmmaker Magazine called XXXY "essential filmmaking ... the film's stripped down quality — talking heads, the occasional shot of a childhood home, or Kristi on a bike — means there's nothing to interfere with the pair's stories; the impact is profound."[9]

Demonstrating continued relevance, The New Yorker published a feature on XXXY, "A New Era for Intersex Rights" on December 30, 2013.[10]


  • Best Documentary - 2001 Student Academy Awards[11]
  • Finalist - Gay & Lesbian Online Movie Awards[12]
  • Jury Award Winner - New York Exposition of Short Film and Video[13]
  • Best Student Documentary Award - Palm Springs Shorts Film Festival[14]
  • Honorable Mention - Directors Guild of America[15]
  • Honorable Mention - Making Waves Film Festival
  • Honoree - Louisville Film and Video Festival
  • Honoree - San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Intl. Film Festival
  • Honoree - Western Psychological Association
  • Screened at more than a dozen national and international film festivals

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "XXXY". IMDB. 2000.
  2. ^ "XXXY". Impossible Hermaphrodites. January 2013.
  3. ^ "Florida Hospital Medical Group". Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Dr. Jorge J. Daaboul, MD.
  4. ^ Choi, Fred. "FILM REVIEW:'s Second Queer Short Film Festival -- MIT Tech". The MIT Tech.
  5. ^ "Intersex documentary wins student Oscar". The Advocate. June 13, 2001.
  6. ^ ShortFest Awards Archive, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, 2000.
  7. ^'s Second Queer Short Film Festival, PlanetOut Inc., June 8, 2001.
  8. ^ "Berkeley Media, LLC". Berkeley Media, LLC. 2001.
  9. ^ Dumpert, Hazel-Dawn (June 2001). "25 New Faces of Independent Film". Filmmaker Magazine.
  10. ^ A New Era for Intersex Rights, The New Yorker, December 30, 2013.
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (June 12, 2001). "The Hollywood Reporter". Backstage. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
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