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October 15, 2016 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Directed by Shaleece Haas
72min., 2016

A son’s transition. A mom’s transformation.

Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager on the brink of adulthood. As he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett embarks on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.

Filmed over four years, REAL BOY follows the evolution of Bennett’s relationship with his mother Suzy, who has deep misgivings about his transition. As Suzy struggles to come to terms with his decision, Bennett is taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons.

Through observational storytelling that is alternately poignant and humorous, REAL BOY explores the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the importance of family, both given and chosen.

“Director Shaleece Haas’s ambitious visual style imbues REAL BOY with the personal and confessional, enriching the story with home videos from Bennett’s early childhood and beautiful animations that bring his journals to life—as Bennett’s music, woven throughout the film, becomes the soundtrack to his coming-of-age. While the story centers around Bennett’s transition, it ultimately reveals how our closest, most complicated relationships can be a source of hurt as well as redemptive, authentic healing.” – Frameline


+ Audience Award, BEST DOCUMENTARY, 2016 Frameline Festival, San Francisco’s International LGBT Film Festival




$10 General
$8 Seniors and Union Cinema passholders
Students: free!

See everything with an All-Festival pass!
Or see film(s) at the Union Cinema with a friend of two:
secure a Sixer Pass!*
(* good for admissions at Union Cinema only)

Get your tickets here!

Tickets available (eventually) through link on this page or via the Union Cinema Box Office (30 minutes before showtime) and Peck School of the Arts Box Office. Passes are available in advanced at the Peck School of the Arts Box Office and at the Festival table during the Festival.

Peck School of the Arts Box Office is located on the ground floor of the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Fall semester hours (beginning September 6): Monday–Friday, 11AM–5PM.

(414) 229-4308 // psoatix@uwm.edu


The 31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival opens on Wednesday, October 12th and continues October 14-23.

The Festival is presented by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres in the UWM Peck School of the Arts.

The Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Cream City Foundation, Wisconsin Gazette, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Pride, Jack H. Smith of Shorewest Realtors, Bronze Optical, and Joseph R. Pabst.


October 15, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event Category:


Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival


UWM Union Cinema
2nd Level, UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, United States
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