FREE – Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation about a son’s transition and a mom’s transformation. RESERVE SEATS
Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR is excited to offer an advance screening of Real Boy, a film by Shaleece Haas. The film follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity.
The evening begins with a full screening of the film and continues with conversation as panelists comment on the film from personal experiences and expertise.
The panelists are Dr. Maxine Thome, CEO of National Association of Social Workers-Michigan; Sara Doherty, a facilitator with Teens Understanding and Respecting Each (TRUE); and Nicole Ellefson, parent of a transgender child.
Free with Reservation
This event is free, but registration is required. | RESERVE SEATS HERE
WKAR Indie Lens Pop-Up takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Media Auditorium (Room 145), 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free (after 6 p.m.) in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the South, Main Lobby.
More About “Real Boy"
Filmed over the course of four years, Real Boy is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Through observational storytelling that is alternately heartbreaking and humorous, the film offers a clear-eyed look at a family tested by a change they never imagined, the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.
On the Air
Real Boy airs on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10 p.m. on WKAR and PBS.