A Boy Named Sue
2000 | 56 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 01712
"A BOY NAMED SUE is one of the best videos to date on female-to-male transsexual experience. Wyman spent six years taping Sue's transformation into Theo and then organized a huge archive of material into a moving, informative and smart rendering of what a difference sex reassignment surgeries can make not only to the transsexual himself but also to all those in his immediate circle. Theo is a great subject and Wyman is a talented and imaginative documentarian. If you are looking for a sensitive and sophisticated representation of transsexual experience, look no further." Judith Halberstam, University of California, San Diego
"This is the best 'Trans' documentary I've ever seen. It's unique in the way it follows Theo and his partner for an extended period of time, and in the way it refuses the simple purpose-accomplishment narrative in favor of a complex, warts-and-all look."
"A rousing tape...The faint of heart should beware of the hormone injections, but most of us will find 'A Boy Named Sue' simply jubilant and engrossing."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Berlin Lesbian Film Festival
- Feminale Women's Film Festival
- Film Arts Festival, San Francisco
- Image et Nations, Montreal Lesbian and Gay Festival
- Image Out Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
- LA, SF, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
- Reel Affirmations, Washington, D.C.
Julie Wyman is an award-winning filmmaker and a performer, writer, and professor. Her 2004 film, Buoyant, screened at MoMA New York, the Walker Arts Center, the La Jolla MoCA, and at festivals internationally. Her full-length documentary, A Boy Named Sue (2000) aired on Showtime, the MTV’s Logo TV, and screened at festivals internationally, winning the 2001 Sappho Award for Best Documentary and receiving a nomination for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s Media Award for Best Documentary. Wyman’s writing has been published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and an edited volume entitled Scholarly Acts. Wyman is also a member of the artist/activist collective BLW whose performance work, has been featured at venues including the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, Pilot Television, Chicago, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford. Wyman holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a Professor of Digital Filmmaking in the Cinema and Technocultural Studies Department at UC Davis.
Wyman’s most resent project, entitled Strong!, chronicles an athlete’s struggle to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. STRONG! explores the contradiction of a body that is at once celebrated within the confines of her sport and shunned by mainstream culture. (8/14)