REAL BOY: Premieres at BFI Flare Festival, IFFBoston 2016
The North American premiere will be at the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston 2016). Tickets and information here.
REAL BOY is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice – as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the love and support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition. Along the way, Bennett forges a powerful friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician with his own demons to fight.
British Film Institute: “REAL BOY is often raw and breathtakingly honest, but it is to the film’s credit that it never judges its characters. It is impossible not to feel a sense of awe at the resilience, courage and maturity of young trans people.”
UPDATE: Andrew Gersh was presented with the IFFBoston 2016 Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing for his work on REAL BOY. From the jury statement: “The film seamlessly incorporates archival footage from YouTube, Skype and 90s-era camcorders in a way that feels organic, transformative and true.”
Produced and Directed by Shaleece Haas. Read more here.