What a lovely, thoughtful short film.
The Real Thing, written and directed by Brandon Kelley, captures important moments – big and small – in a quick 7 minute journey.
With very little dialogue Kelley guides his lead actors, Sophie Giannamore and Michael Torpey, up to and through one of the most crucial, life-altering moments a transgender child will have.
From the official description:
When a soldier returns home, things have often changed. For Staff Sergeant Michael Waltze, the ultimate change is in his child. While on his tour of duty, his daughter has transitioned and started living her truth. Today he is coming home to surprise her.
Parental love is unconditional. It transcends a person’s memory of their child. The Real Thing is an infinitely stronger bond.
The short was honored as ‘Outstanding Narrative Short Film’ at Outfest 2017, ‘Programmers Choice Award’ for Narrative Short at the Virginia Film Festival, Best Director and Best Drama Jury Award at the New England Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize and People’s Choice Award at the James River Short Film fest and many others.
Kelley released the film earlier this week in observance of Transgender Awareness Week (Nov 12-19).
Kudos to Kelley, his cast and crew for a capturing such a poignant, ‘real’ chapter in so many lives.
I really encourage you to sit back for just 7 minutes and watch The Real Thing below.