On Screen/In Person presents Real Boy
Mar 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Exhibitions & Films
Informal Reception with filmmaker: 6:30 p.m.
Film Begins: 7:00 p.m.
Q&A with filmmaker following film
On Screen/In Person brings new, American, independent films and their creators to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. A total of six films and their filmmakers tour across the region each year. Each tour engagement includes a public screening, and a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker. Carnegie Hall has been selected as a host site for the 2016-2017 series.
This programming is made possible by the generous support of the One Foundation and Sarah & Jim Umberger.
On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts. www.midatlanticarts.org
Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager on the brink of adulthood. As he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett embarks on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.
Filmed over four years, Real Boy follows the evolution of Bennett's relationship with his mother Suzy, who has deep misgivings about his transition. As Suzy struggles to come to terms with his decision, Bennett is taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons.
Through observational storytelling that is alternately painful and heartwarming, Real Boy explores the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the importance of family, both given and chosen.