Real Boy

Sunday, October 9, 2016 2:00 PM at the Harris Theater

Real Boy Low Res

(USA, 2016; 72 minutes)
Director: Shaleece Haas

Tears, applause, and standing Os, that’s how audiences responded to the documentary Real Boy at both L.A.’s Outfest and Frameline film festival in San Francisco, where it won the Audience Award.

Real Boy is the story of a transgender teen who is transitioning from Rachel to Bennet Wallace, as he copes with the challenges of young adulthood, a career in music, and his relationship with his family. Along the way, he forges a friendship with his idol, Joe Stevens, a celebrated trans musician with his own demons to fight.

Director Shaleece Haas enriches Bennett’s story with home videos from his early childhood and beautiful animations that bring his journals to life. Bennett’s music, woven throughout the film, becomes the soundtrack to his coming of age story.

Beautifully filmed and edited, Real Boy is moving, full of hope and humor. It’s about transitioning in a way we all can relate to.

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