Beyond the Films

June 16, 2017

Transgender People Trying to Find Love

Chang in Beyond the Films

In the Independent Lens film Real Boy, transgender nineteen-year-old Bennett is touched to find his reluctant mother by his side as he undergoes a double mastectomy as part of his…...

Real Boy filmmaker Shaleece Haas

June 16, 2017

Real Boy Director Shaleece Haas on Filming a Family in Flux

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Documentary filmmaker Shaleece Haas has made several acclaimed shorts, worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer, and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project StoryCorps.…...

Joe and Bennett in front of Eronel music venue
Where Are They Now?

June 15, 2017

Real Boy Updates from Bennett, His Mom Suzy, Joe Stevens and Dylan

Renee Gasch in Where Are They Now?

After you see the film Real Boy [premiering on PBS June 19 at 10pm; check local listings], you may be interested to hear from the main players involved. We recently…...

Joe Stevens and his band Coyote Grace, on stage (courtesy the film Real Boy)
Beyond the Films

June 09, 2017

12 Trans Musicians Carving Their Own Identities

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Real Boy is the portrait of Bennett, who is undergoing gender reassignment surgery, and his mom's struggle to process the change, but it's also the portrait of a young musician…...

May 04, 2015

Telling the Story of Kumu Hina

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[caption id="attachment_835" align="aligncenter" width="1052"] filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, with Kumu Hina and student[/caption] Kumu Hina, which won the Frameline Jury Award for Achievement in Documentary, was called "a subtle…...

Kelby, center, and friends, in Bully
Beyond the Films

October 13, 2014

Kelby Johnson Speaks Out Against Bullying

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Kelby Johnson was one of several students featured in Lee Hirsch's powerful film Bully, which has its television premiere on Independent Lens tonight, Monday October 13 at 10pm [check local listings]. After coming out…...

June 20, 2011

(A Highly Subjective) Top 10 LGBT Documentaries for Pride Month

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It's LGBT Pride Month, and with celebrations cropping up across the country, we thought we'd have a look at documentaries dealing with LGBT issues are. Here's my personal Top 10…...

June 16, 2011

LGBT Youth and Hate Crimes: The Experts Weigh In

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We hosted a live chat on Facebook this week addressing the larger issues the film Two Spirits brings up for people. Hate crimes and bullying against LGBT youth has been…...

June 16, 2011

Demystifying the Language of Gender

Brooke Shelby Biggs in

Two Spirits has prompted a lively conversation about gender identity. When talking about issues related to the LGBT community, the always-evolving terminology can be difficult to grasp. When watching this…...