This marks his first solo directorial effort. The titular Agnes was a pseudonym for a trans woman who participated in Harold Garfinkel’s gender health research at UCLA. Joynt previously co-directed "No Ordinary Man," a documentary portrait of jazz musician and trans cultural icon Billy Tipton. In this reimagination, a lineup of trans stars take on vividly rendered, vintage reenactments, bringing to life groundbreaking artifacts of trans healthcare. As a character, she has long stood as a figurehead of trans history.
Joynt added that "as a long time fan and consumer of the innovative, agile and impactful titles curated and distributed by Kino Lorber, I couldn’t think of a better place and partner for our film."” />
“By combining tropes of dramatic and documentary filmmaking, Chase enables the audience to see the trans community through fresh eyes, and in their own words. We believe it will make a huge contribution to the ongoing conversation around trans rights and look forward to sharing it far and wide.” “'Framing Agnes' takes a novel and fascinating approach to exploring how trans people past and present are perceived and represented,” said Lidell.
Based on a short by Joynt which premiered and nabbed awards at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, the project features a cast of trans performers and academics that includes Jules Gill-Peterson, Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Zackary Drucker, Max Wolf Valerio, Silas Howard and Stephen Ira. Directed by Chase Joynt, the film closely and accurately depicts the journey of trans people past and present through reenactments of transcripts from a notable 1960s UCLA gender study.
"Framing Agnes," a hybrid narrative and documentary feature film that explores trans lives and history, has sold North American distribution rights to Kino Lorber.
The film will make its New York premiere at NewFest on June 5, followed by a theatrical release from Kino Lorber in December. Page wrote the script, produced by Joynt, Samantha Curley and Shant Joshi. Joynt and Morgan M. Kino Lorber senior vice president Wendy Lidell negotiated on behalf of the label, with UTA Independent Film on behalf of filmmakers.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, with Hélène Louvart ("The Lost Daughter") as cinematographer, "Murina" will play on opening night of the First Look Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.
Variety's Jessica Kiang wrote in her review that “If Patricia Highsmith had ever written a coming-of-age story set on the rocky, clear-watered Croatian coastline, it might have looked a lot like Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s bright, brooding debut.”
She previously starred in Alamat Kusijanović’s short "Into The Blue," which was nominated for a Student Academy Award, and won awards at Berlin and Sarajevo, among other festivals. The movie also boasts a breakthrough performance by Gracija Filipovic, a promising young actor and professional swimmer who was one of this year's 10 Shooting Stars at the Berlinale. "Murina" was produced by Scorsese’s Sikelia, RT Features and Antitalent.
Kusijanović, who was born in Dubrovnik and got an MFA in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University in New York, is also an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Lab, Sarajevo Talent Lab, La Femis Producing Atelier and the Marcie Bloom Fellowship.” />
"It’s no wonder Murina took home the Camera d’Or at Cannes, as it’s rare to see such confident directing in a first feature,” said Kino Lorber's senior vice president Wendy Lidell Murina, who negotiated the deal with Thania Dimitrakopoulou at The Match Factory.
"Murina" is a tense and sensual tale about a restless teenager, Julija, whose urge to break free from her oppressive father and isolated existence in coastal Croatia is triggered by the visit of a family friend.
The helmer, who developed "Murina" with support from the Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation residency program and the Jerusalem Film Lab, said it was "a privilege to be part of the Kino Lorber family, which cultivates many important filmmakers and keeps their work available to audiences and always relevant."
Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights for Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s debut feature "Murina" which won the Golden Camera Award at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
“Kusijanović infuses this seaside coming-of-age tale with a powerful undercurrent of awakening sexuality, mounting tension and a wave of feminist fury aimed squarely at the shackling influence of a sexist society," added Lidell.

Other cast members include Jessica Walter, Tibor Feldman, Sondra James, and Johnathan Tchaikovsky. Israel worked with non-professional actors from Adaptations to create fictional versions of themselves for the film. The film was produced by Summer Shelton, Todd Remis, and Kurt Enger with Anne Hubbell, Amy Hobby, Philip Ruedi and Laura Staich as executive producers.
A national expansion will follow. Kino Lorber will open "Keep the Change" in New York on March 16, following its screening as the opening night feature of the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival. The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber's  Wendy Lidell and Cinetic’s Jason Ishikawa.” />
Nick Schager gave the film a positive review at Tribeca for Variety: "Winner of the best narrative feature and best new narrative director prizes at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, it’s an ode to self-discovery and acceptance that’s as funny as it is sweet."
"Keep the Change" is based on an award-winning short film developed by Israel and Polansky that was inspired by Polansky’s experiences at Adaptations, a community for adults on the autism spectrum. Set in New York, the story centers on the struggles by Polansky's character to come to terms with his own high-functioning autism, when he unexpectedly falls for a quirky and outgoing woman whose lust for life both irks and fascinates him.
"Keep the Change," starring newcomers Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon, won the Tribeca Film Festival's awards for Best U.S. narrative feature and best new narrative director last year along with a special mention for the Nora Ephron Prize. At last summer’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the film won the best debut and Fipresci  awards.
"'Keep the Change' has been a labor of love for all involved, from our cast to our crew, our producers, and our community partners at the JCC's Center for Special Needs," Israel said. We are absolutely thrilled to be partnered with Kino Lorber, and to have their exceptional taste and reputation behind the film.” "We made a unique, risk-taking film and it is wonderful to see it come to light on the big screen.
Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to the romantic comedy "Keep the Change," written and directed by Rachel Israel, Variety has learned exclusively.