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Real Boy

 

This film tells the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.

 

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The Bad Kids

 

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out; Black Rock is their last chance. Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures.

 

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Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

 

In over 30 years as a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb has pushed the boundaries of her art, and pioneered a movement form called “POPACTION,” which is couched in the exploration of human potential – both physical and emotional. Her work openly questions why dance can’t be explosive, action oriented and extreme, yet just as captivating as ballet. Over the years she has worked to create a unique performance company that melds the physical with the sublime, and her troupe’s fearless performances in both public and private spaces challenge the notion of what the body can do. Streb’s dancers become part acrobat, part gymnast and part extreme thrill seeker as they walk on walls, dive through glass and move so fast they seem to disappear and fly.