Real Boy Directed
Shaleece Haas USA / 2016 / 72 minutes New York Premiere
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Kyle Ranson-Walsh
"Real Boy," depicting the coming-of-age of transgender teenager Bennett Wallace, is also about family, both biological and chosen. As we join him in person, Bennett is working to gain the support of his dubious mother, handling past addictions, transitioning alongside his friend Dylan, and forging a friendship with idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician dealing with his own demons.
At once humorous, graphic, entertaining, frustrating, and brutally honest, the film struggles with what it's like to want love from the people you're closest to, how powerful that feeling is, and how painful it is when something gets in the way. Coming at a time when transgender issues have broken into mainstream culture, "Real Boy's" underlying theme of acceptance makes it much more than the story of one transgender teen. --Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Shaleece Haas is a documentary filmmaker based in Oakland, California. She is co-producer of the 2013 documentary "The Genius of Marian" (PBS/POV), director of the 2010 documentary "Old People Driving," and producer of several short films, including "City Fish." Haas is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) Fellow, and a member of the Queer Producers Collective. In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Haas teaches at the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. "Real Boy" is her first feature documentary.
Cast/Featuring: Bennett Wallace, Joe Stevens, Suzy Reinke, Dylan Engle
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