Real Boy

During his transition from female to male, Bennett is taken under the wing of his musical hero, transgender folk singer Joe Stevens.

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Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
June 19, 2017
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2016 Frameline Film Festival-Audience Award
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    Director

    Shaleece Haas

    Shaleece is a documentary filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. She is the co-producer of the 2013 documentary film, The Genius of Marian, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on POV in 2014. Her 2010 documentary short, Old People Driving, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS NewsHour as part of the Show more Economist Film Project. In addition to her work as a director/producer, Shaleece is an instructor of video storytelling at the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute, a program of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. She is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) fellow and a member of the Queer Producers Collective. Prior to starting her work in documentary film, Shaleece worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project, StoryCorps. She is a graduate of the documentary film program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism Show less

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    The Film

    Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.

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