SATURDAY, MAY 4, 3:30PM
Q & A with Director Jeanie Finlay to follow screening.
Jeanie Finlay’s (Orion: The Man Who Would Be King) new documentary thoughtfully chronicles a transgender man’s path to parenthood. Spirited and self-possessed, Freddy McConnell dreams of raising a child in his hometown of Deal, England. With ample support from his mom and his potential co-parent, C.J., he decides to carry the baby to term himself.
At first, Freddy McConnell views pregnancy as a practical choice, but once he stops taking testosterone, it prompts an unexpected reckoning with his relationship to masculinity and gender presentation. Feeling as though he’s slipping away from his own body, Freddy navigates steep clinic bills, conversational micro-aggressions, and familial strain. Yet, his resolve to start a family never wavers. Finlay rides sidecar with McConnell as an incisive observer and conversation partner, and crafts a compassionate portrait of an extraordinary journey, in which the word fatherhood comes to embody so much more than the normative sum of its parts.
—Dan Hunt, Tribeca Film Festival
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY ORM FERTILITY
Length: 89 minutes
Premiere: US West Coast
CAST & CREDITS
Director: Jeanie Finlay
Producers: Andrea Cornwell, Jeanie Finlay
Screenwriter: Jeanie Finlay
Cinematographers: Jeanie Finlay, Mark Bushnell, Richard Jephcote
Editor: Alice Powell
Composer: Tara Creme
Executive Producers: Orlando Von Einsiedel, Charlie Phillips, Mandy Chang
Music Supervisor: Graham Langley
Sound Re-recording Mixer: Pip Norton
Cast: Freddy McConnell, Esme Chilton, CJ Bruce
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
Photo credit: Manuel Vasquez