Join California Humanities on June 19 for the San Francisco Bay Area premiere of REAL BOY, the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teen 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.

About the film, director Shaleece Haas writes:

“For those who have little familiarity with trans issues, REAL BOY offers multiple points of entry. Although Bennett’s transition forms the structural spine of the film, the true transformation belongs to his mom Suzy, who, over four years, moves from shame and resistance to a genuine acceptance and celebration of her son. It’s gratifying to see her journey serve as a hopeful model of the power of love to shift beliefs.

“In making the film, I wanted to retain the humor and lightness in Bennett’s story. So many films about trans experience center primarily on tragedy and I felt it was important to include the wide range of feelings that come with growing up—from longing and uncertainty to joy and triumph. Regardless of gender identity, young adulthood can be tumultuous, but it can also be fun.”

REAL BOY premieres at the Frameline Film Festival
Sunday, June 19, 4:00pm
Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St., San Francisco, CA

For tickets and information on addition screenings, please visit the Frameline box office.

While you’re at it, check out two other California Humanities-supported films at Frameline:

OVARIAN PSYCOS about the all-female bicycle collective that formed to protest violence against women in their East Los Angeles communities.

Monday, June 20 at 9:30 pm
Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood, 2966 College Ave, Berkeley, CA
(information and tickets)

THE CELLULOID CLOSET, twenty years after its theatrical release, an indispensable record of Hollywood’s depiction of gays and lesbians throughout the 20th century.

Friday, June 24, 1:30 pm
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA
(information and tickets)

REAL BOY and OVARIAN PSYCOS were supported by California Humanities through the California Documentary Project.