Jill Johnson Real Boy: A musically talented trans teen navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the ramifications of his changing gender identity. Instead of making Boy his first film as a director, Waititi went on to make oddball romance Eagle vs Shark, and continued to develop the screenplay over the next three years. Sally Rubin Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. All rights reserved. Waititi gave him an audition and after reviewing the film clips, Rolleston was offered the role two days before shooting began.[7][8]. Avery Hudson The movie stars Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. Mavis Paenga as Nan, Boy's grandmother and Alamein's mother. Shaleece is a documentary filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. Meanwhile, Alamein sits in the barn, depressed that he has been unable to find his money. Samantha Grant In a nutshell, The Boy is about a young woman who is hired by an old couple to look after their son. "It was a big pain about this kid's potential to be bigger than he is or just bloom or explode," said Waititi. Grace Small MAKE MUSIC WITH JOE: The talented and lovely Joe Stevens will give you a 90-minute MUSIC LESSON via Skype (or in person, if Joe happens to be passing through your town). Mike Seely She previously worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project, StoryCorps. Tom Gorman The Haas Family The two boys find Alamein sitting there. Haas produced, (2011; Hot Docs, Documentary Channel). Boy is a 2010 New Zealand comedy-drama film,[2] written and directed by Taika Waititi. Rocky comes up to him and attempts to comfort him with his 'powers,' telling Alamein that he is sorry he killed his mother by being born. RickyLee Waipuka-Russell as Chardonnay, a teenage girl that Boy has a crush on, and who totally ignores him. The gang approaches Alamein and the Crazy Horses, confronting them over stealing their marijuana. Filming began on March 10, 2015, in Victoria, British Columbia. One day, Boy and Rocky's grandmother leaves for a funeral in Wellington, leaving Boy in charge of the house and taking care of the other children. Alexis Whitham, FISCAL SPONSORS San Francisco Film Society Plus, we'll send you everything in THE MUSIC & FILM COLLECTION and MOVIE BUFF packages. In Kingston, the Brodie brothers explore the idea of running a taxi service on their own, and find it ain't easy. Dylan Engle Title: Twins Don and Ron head from Kingston to rural areas of Jamaica, for cooler temps and good fishing. Waititi dropped the title Choice because he felt it would not translate to international audiences, and the film was retitled The Volcano. Shaleece Haas is a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. PLUS everything in the FRONT ROW SEAT package. STXfilms released The Boy in the United States on January 22. MOVIE BUFF (TAKE 2): We'll send you a SPECIAL EDITION DVD of the completed film when it's available, and a Real Boy guitar pick! He reconnects with his friends and apologizes to Dynasty, then goes with Rocky to visit their mother's grave. Cohen Holloway as Chuppa, a friend of Alamein, who is an ex-convict and very foolish, along with Juju. 365 DAYS OF THE ROOTS CHANNEL: Get your roots music fix! ROADIE: Digital download of five original songs by Bennett Wallace & Joe Stevens, recorded live on their recent US tour. He is a marvel of cybernetic progress who really only wants to be a real boy, loved by his mother and his father in … In a hospital for gender surgery, Bennett is touched his mom came to be with him for support, despite her reservations. Brianna Nelson 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. Charlotte Lagarde Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. [3] Boy went on to become the highest-grossing New Zealand film at the local box office. follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. [12] The film grossed nearly $900,000 in its first seven days, beating Alice in Wonderland and homegrown pictures Whale Rider and The World's Fastest Indian. Alexis Fish Eli Conley He seems to be childish and inoffensive. Regan Brashear In New Zealand, the film eclipsed previous records for a first week's box office takings for a local production. Add the first question. When we were shooting the film it was still called Volcano and during the editing. During his transition from female to male, Bennett is taken under the wing of his musical hero, transgender folk singer Joe Stevens. Real Boy is an intimate story of a family in transition. Clare Major Waihoroi Shortland as Weirdo, a strange fat man who lives near the bridge, and appears to always be looking for something. With Keith Age, Christopher Saint Booth, Philip Adrian Booth, William Bradshaw. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. Zanna Williams, AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION Sally Jo Fifer Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu as Rocky, Boy's younger brother who believes he has super powers. Don Bernier Independent Television Service is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. HEAR THE MUSIC: You'll get a Kickstarter-exclusive PRE-RELEASE download of the song "Fear Not My Love" from Bennett's forthcoming album, Worth the Weight. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2011 by Paramount Home Media Distribution. Plus, we'll send you everything in the FRONT ROW SEAT package. written by Joe Stevens Taran Schindler Lincoln Else She is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) fellow and a member of the Queer Producers Collective. READ MORE, Shaleece Haas talked to us about finding the story in Real Boy and what she hopes audiences will come away with. The Gersh Family *Just let us know if you don’t want to be mentioned in the video shout-out for any reason. She previously worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project, StoryCorps. It's 1984, which becomes unmistakable when we note that his younger brother is named Rocky, two characters are Dallas and Dynasty, and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video is the central fact of his life. Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Home Boy hit helps keep local cameras rolling", "Boy Now Top Grossing NZ Film Of All Time", "2010 Sundance Film Festival Lineup Announced", "Wellington director's feature to be the highest-grossing NZ production", "Winners 2010 Qantas Film And Television Awards", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Boy_(2010_film)&oldid=975058471, Use New Zealand English from November 2012, All Wikipedia articles written in New Zealand English, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Articles needing additional references from February 2016, All articles needing additional references, Articles with dead external links from January 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. In 1995, more than 700 Chicagoans died in a single week. Film Independent Real Boy is a co-production of Shaleece Haas and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). She is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) fellow and a member of the Queer Producers Collective. With James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore. Joe Stevens The kit includes sterile professional vegan tattoo ink, sterile tattoo needles, instructions, and design suggestions. We'll send you Bennett Wallace's debut album, REAL BOY, VOL. Sam Berliner Heather Miller When the script was finally ready there was a small window of opportunity in which to make it. is a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. The Brodies take a tour of reminiscence with an old acquaintance in Jamaica, exploring a changing island nation. John Kane The untold story of Native American child removal, where the stakes of family separation policy are no less than cultural survival. This program was produced by Shaleece Haas, who is solely responsible for its content. Swell Cinema, FUNDING PROVIDED BY Nik Rapier Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. When Alamein drives up, Boy goes to tell him that he has found the money, but Alamein hits Boy for stealing his jacket and angrily questions him about where he found the money for the ice blocks, leaving Boy humiliated. Alamein later apologizes, telling his son for the first time that he loves him, and Boy goes to retrieve the moneybag; only to find that it has been eaten by his goat. The year is 1984. Learn more about funding opportunities with ITVS. REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. Rocky, meanwhile, is a quiet, odd child, who believes he has dangerous superpowers because his mother died giving birth to him. You'll have unlimited access to the full-length concerts, artist interviews, featurettes, and video workshops from The Roots Channel for an entire year. Manihera Rangiuaia as Kingi, a school bully who often bullies Boy. She is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) Fellow, and a 2010 Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellow. Kent Pope, ADDITIONAL CAMERA It also climbed above international animated-fantasy hit How to Train Your Dragon and mythical action flick Clash of the Titans. In the futuristic tale, a highly advanced robotic boy named David is 11 years old. DATE NIGHT: We'll send you TWO TICKETS to a SF Bay Area festival screening (or, pending availability, to a festival screening in a city near you). Ken Powers. Looking for a movie the entire family can enjoy? He weighs 60 pounds. A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the … Real Boy. TAKE THE SHOW ON THE ROAD: You'll be able to SCREEN THE FILM for an audience of any size, followed by an IN-PERSON Q&A with director Shaleece Haas and other members of the cast & crew. A trans teen navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity.

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