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Passing Ellenville
Directed by
Gene Fischer and Samuel Centore

USA / 2014 / 16:11
minutes
FOCUS ON LGBTQ
New York Premiere
Precedes QUEENS & COWBOYS

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Gene Fischer, Samuel Centore
SYNOPSIS:
Passing Ellenville follows two transgender youths in a small, economically-depressed town in the Catskills mountains of New York. The film is a reaction to the complacent portrayal of transgender youth in national news media. Ashlee and James are at the margins of society, barely surviving on government assistance and food stamps while struggling to find acceptance in their community.

Ashlee, male-to-female, strives to align her orthodox Jewish faith with her transgender identity. James, female-to-male, comes from a history of abuse and family problems. The film juxtaposes two different methods of survival while living under oppression.

BIO:
Gene Fischer is a New York City based photographer. His work has been exhibited at the Smart Clothes Gallery (NYC), (e)merge Art Fair (Washington, DC), Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Art Registry Gallery (Washington, DC), Terra Nova (NYC), and on multiple occasions at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY. His most recent 2013 gallery show was featured in the Advocate.com and Time Out New York. In 2010, his work was reviewed in Washington Life Magazine. Geneís work is held in private and corporate collections throughout the US, including the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York.

Samuel is a Brooklyn based filmmaker. He shoots and edits short films and videos in the fashion and music industries for established and emerging artists and designers. Samís cinematography focuses on the use of available light and color and bringing a narrative point of view to documentary film. Samuel's work has been featured in the Huffington Post as well as Smart Clothes gallery in Manhattan. Sam is a recent graduate from the Pratt Institute and is currently working on a new documentary short for the film festival route next year.

MAIN CREDITS:
Producer(s): Gene Fischer
Director(s): Gene Fischer and Samuel Centore
Screenwriter(s): Gene Fischer
Cinematographer(s): Samuel Centore
Editor(s): Samuel Centore
Composer(s)/Music: Baby Alpaca
Sound Designer(s): Samuel Centore
 
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