The eye-catching transgender singer of a Minneapolis glam rock band and her wife negotiate the frontiers of love and gender.
On stage, wearing a vinyl corset and stiletto boots, s/he's Venus, lead singer of the glam rock band All The Pretty Horses. At home in Minneapolis with Lynette, her wife of twenty years, s/he's Steve. Born male, Venus is transgender. S/he's "in between" — taking female hormones, but not planning to have sexual reassignment surgery. To some, s/he's a pioneer, courageously exploring a brave new world of gender identity, free of categorization. To others, s/he's a freak. VENUS OF MARS is both the unique coming out story of Venus' gender-redefining journey, and the truly contemporary love story of a couple weathering dramatic changes in uncharted relationship territory.
“Venus Of Mars” was funded in part by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation.
VENUS OF MARS is Emily Goldberg’s first independent feature length documentary. Goldberg cut her teeth working in public television, where she produced a wide variety of programs. Documentaries she directed for national broadcast include JANE GOODALL: REASON FOR HOPE (1999), Emmy award winner AFRICATREK (1995), and THE MINNEAPOLIS SOUND (1988). Goldberg’s work has garnered numerous awards, including four Emmys and three CEN ‘Best Cultural Documentary’ awards. She is an Oberlin College graduate and a damn good dancer.
EMILY GOLDBERG World
premiere of “Venus Of Mars” at the International Documentary
Festival Amsterdam. (Director, Producer, Editor) Panelist,
Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant Program. Arts
& Cultural Producer for Twin Cities Public Television. Documentaries
directed include: Directed
segments for series including: Awards
A Brief History In Film
segments and was Story Editor for Twin Cities Public Television’s
segments for WNET’s “Egg: The Arts Show”.
Jerome Media Arts Grant for “Venus Of Mars”.
public television broadcast of “Jane Goodall: Reason For Hope”.
segments for Twin Cities Public Television’s “Tape’s
segments for “Neat Stuff”, a co-production of Oregon Public
Broadcasting and The Learning Channel.
Tape’s Rolling: Kirby Puckett (1997)
Only In Minnesota (1993)
KMOJ: Heart And Soul (1991)
Peter Himmelman: A Million Sides (1990)
The Minneapolis Sound (1988)
Tape’s Rolling (Series Producer)
Arts On 2
Showcase (Series Producer)
Three CEN “Best Cultural Documentary” awards
Conservator, Institute of Archaeology, University of South Carolina.
Art History, Oberlin College.
World premiere of “Venus Of Mars” at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. (Director, Producer, Editor)
Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant Program.
Arts & Cultural Producer for Twin Cities Public Television.
segments for series including: