”Real Boy” and “Eisha Love”
Trans In America is a program of film screenings and discussion with filmmaker Shaleece Haas, scheduled for Nov. 7 at noon in Wright Hall 101, Lab A. The event is free and open to the public. The two films are “REAL BOY (2016, 53 min) with the short “Eisha Love” (16 min).
“REAL BOY” is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. “REAL BOY” has screened more than 180 times in 23 countries, earning 20 awards. The film was broadcast in the United States on PBS’ Independent Lens in June 2017.
“Eisha Love,” directed by Cary Cronenwett and produced by Shaleece Haaas, centers on a trans woman who was incarcerated in a men’s jail after acting in self-defense. Now, as she rebuilds her life and continues to process the impact of her incarceration, she faces the challenge of trying to get a steady job as an out trans woman with a criminal record.