BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2023-24
Wednesday, Oct 25th, 6:30 PM, 2023
Downtown Beloit Association Office
557 E. Grand Ave. Downtown Beloit
Zoom Q&A Following!
Sat Mar 4, 2023 – 2:30 pm | Downtown Beloit Association
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Confronted by his mother’s illness and his child’s exploration of gender, a traditional blue-collar guy is torn between who he has always been and who his child needs him to be.
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The Film Stage
While watching this film, I hope the viewer connects to the journey of a person confronting their own biases to accept with love and understanding something they always looked at with enmity and suspicion. My favorite movies invite the audience to see themselves in the failures, faults, and subsequent resilience of the characters they see on screen.
Over the decades, films like In the Heat of the Night, Dances with Wolves, Brokeback Mountain, and Moonlight invite their viewers to challenge their perspectives of “the other,” and they remind us that real change comes on a personal level.
In developing this story, I wondered about the experience of an unprepared parent of a transgender child. As a special educator, I reflected on one student in particular and the pain, anger, and undeniable love felt by their very traditional parents. As this student came out as their true self, we talked about the challenge for kids in places and from families that were even more resistant. This film presents that picture in my beloved blue-collar town of Pittsburgh, PA. But my own town, while specific, is really middle America. And the film’s family, while particular, is really every family who requires help becoming the family that they need to be to support the child they have.
Thus, as the antagonism against kids who simply want to be their true selves mounts, perhaps this film can help those who are hardened and fearful of gender identity issues to replace their hostility with love, humor, and humanity.
Brian Silverman is an actor, writer and director based in L.A. by way of Pittsburgh. He was a producer and the lead actor in the prize-winning independent feature, After We Leave, and a writer, producer, actor, and director for the series West Rosencrantz. Acting credits include NCIS: Los Angeles, S.W.A.T., Ray Donovan, Grimm, and other TV shows and independent films. He holds degrees from Clark University and Harvard, and served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Haiti and Guatemala. Brian is blessed with fantastic family and friends, a wonderful wife, and a spectacular son.