Real Boy

Real Boy Film

Real Boy by Shaleece Haas

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 physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — traveling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett.

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, Real Boy 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. Learn more about this film.

Real Boy Film Screening

Our special guest for this screening and workshop is Brad Calcaterra of the Studio in NYC. Brad is a native of Herrin, IL and has achieved distinction as a model, actor, and performance coach in the LGBTQ community. He works closely with actors encouraging them to embrace their uniqueness and nurture those innate attributes into film and television careers. In 2010, Brad started an ongoing acting workshop called ACT OUT – specifically designed to tackle the many challenges of the LGBT actor.