Indie lens pop up - June 2017


Indie Lens Pop-Up is a media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The project, which features documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most - from newsworthy topics to family, relationships, and more. Check back frequently for an updated list of screening dates.

Real Boy by Shaleece Haas


A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — traveling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett.

Filmed over the course of four years, Real Boy is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Through observational storytelling that is alternately heartbreaking and humorous, Real Boy offers a clear-eyed look at a family tested by a change they never imagined, the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child. Learn more about this film.

Our special guest for this screening and workshop is Brad Calcaterra of the Studio in NYC. Brad is a native of Herrin, IL and has achieved distinction as a model, actor, and performance coach in the LGBTQ community. He works closely with actors encouraging them to embrace their uniqueness and nurture those innate attributes into film and television careers. In 2010, Brad started an ongoing acting workshop called ACT OUT - specifically designed to tackle the many challenges of the LGBT actor.

Questions about Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings at the Carbondale Public Library may be directed to (618) 457-0345.
Call (618) 453-5595 for questions about the programs, outreach activities or resources associated with the film.