Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: Real Boy– by Shaleece Haas

Indie Lens Pop-Up Presents: Real Boy– by Shaleece Haas

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Photo courtesy of RealBoyMovie.com

As part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up Series WXXI is pleased to present Real Boy– by Shaleece Haas on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre.

Real Boy is the coming of age story of Bennett Wallace Gwizdalski, a charismatic 19-year-old with dreams of musical stardom. The film follows Bennett through the first two years of his gender transition from female to male as he grapples with newfound sobriety, struggles to repair a strained relationship with his mother, and seeks support and mentorship from his musical hero, the well-known transgender folk singer, Joe Stevens.  As Bennett grows from a troubled teen to a confident young man, we also see changes in those closest to him. His mentor, Joe, who supports Bennett when his mother cannot, later relapses into active addiction and shakes the foundation of their mentor-mentee relationship. Bennett’s mother Suzy works through her shame and confusion to embrace and celebrate her son. And as Bennett matures and his relationships shift, he chronicles his process in his music, writing raw and undeniably catchy songs, which are woven throughout the film.  Real Boy is an unexpected story about growing up transgender. Ultimately, this is not a film about a girl becoming a boy. Instead, it’s a film about a young person overcoming addiction and finding his voice — as a friend, a son, a musician, and a man.

WXXI partnered with the Gay Alliance and ImageOut to organize this free screening. Talkback speakers will be announced soon.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships.  Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Presented by ITVS.  Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional support from MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Art Works and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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