“Insightful…Honest…This film deserves a wide audience.

“Real Boy” review
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Real Boy is presented with a remarkable degree of intimacy and sincerity…It is highly recommended.

“Real Boy” review
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Real Boy captures [the] years-long and often painful process [of transition] with a degree of sensitivity that has never been seen before.

‘Real Boy’ Tells Emotional Truth About Having a Trans Son
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“The film is poignant, raw, and incredibly heartfelt — a testament to the great filmmaking.

Real Boy Doc Chronicles the Love of a Mother and Her Trans Son
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“The film…will leave viewers hopeful for their ability to get through whatever lays ahead of them together.”

Real Boy Shows How One Transgender Teen’s Growth Set the People Around Him On Their Own Journeys
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Real Boy is a validating, celebratory experience—tune in with a box of tissues.

“Real Boy” Chronicles A Young Man—And A Family—In Transition
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“Real Boy is a powerful resource for those who want to know more about families in transition.

“Real Boy” Follows A Transitioning Teen’s Transformational Relationship With His Mother (And Himself)
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Director Shaleece Haas and Bennett Wallace share the story behind the documentary.

‘Real Boy’ Documentary Explores Gender Identity
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“Make Real Boy a part of your Pride Month activities—you’ll be glad you did.”

Life Lessons Learned from a ‘Real Boy’

“Changing genders poses daunting challenges. For a teenager, the usual pitfalls of adolescence don’t make matters any easier.

A few good movies to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month
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“There’s truth to be learned from Bennett’s journey, portrayed so vividly in Real Boy.”

Here’s What It’s Really Like To Raise A Transgender Boy In 2017
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Real Boy has many heartwarming moments that make it a worthy watch.”

5 Eye-Opening Films About the LGBT Community
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“It’s so valuable for anyone to see this film.”

Connections with Evan Dawson
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“It’s refreshing to see a realistic story portrayed in Real Boy.”

Real Boy depicts real familial struggles
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“New non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across PBS strands.”

Coming Soon: “Real Boy”, “The Defiant Ones”
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“Believe your kid. They know who they are.”

Tips for Parents of Trans Kids: Lessons from ‘Real Boy’
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“Bennett finds his voice in more ways than one in this heartwarming tale of mentorship and chosen families.”

Four Must-See Documentaries About Transgender Youth
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Real Boy examines the complicated relationship between a trans teen and his mother.”

The Moving Story of One Teen’s Transition and His Mother’s Path to Acceptance
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Shaleece Haas and Joe Stevens talk with Jack and Jake from Gay Panic Radio in Sydney, Australia

2ser: Real talk with Real Boy
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“Real Boy is a heartfelt and open look at Bennett’s life as a transgender youth in modern America.”

“Real Boy” documentary comes to Monmouth
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“Real Boy is an enthralling, intimate, and poignant film.”

Years of Transition
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“Real Boy is a nuanced look at the new American family.”

Monmouth Offers Free Screening of “Real Boy”
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Talk of Alaska hosts a discussion of Real Boy in advance of the Anchorage International Film Festival.

Two new documentaries at the Anchorage Film Festival
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“All colleges should watch Real Boy. It is very honest and very raw. It shows the struggle of both sides and it is very progressive.”

New diversity film highlights LGBTQ issues with music
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Peccadillo Pictures has acquired U.S. documentary Real Boy for the U.K. and Ireland.

Peccadillo Takes U.S. Documentary ‘Real Boy’ for U.K.
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“You never know what’s going to happen when you release a film into the world.”

Film Festival ‘brings a new perspective and insight’Herald Tribune logo

“Bennett Wallace and Shaleece Haas tell Dave about making Real Boy together and the power of film to raise awareness of important social issues.”

Dave Fanning Show: REAL BOY interview (scroll to Podcasts: Sept 24)RTE 2 logo

“Bennett Wallace, a trans teenager facing heartaches and joys … is charming, funny and insightful throughout.”

Reeling film fest packed with star power
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“Real Boy offers viewers a multifaceted coming-of-age narrative that never succumbs to sensationalism.”

Friends, Family and Folk Music
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“Real Boy is a touching portrait of trans musician Bennett and his search for family while he becomes a man.”

Interview with Real Boy director Shaleece HaasSQIFF logo

“Heaps of respect go to Real Boy, Shaleece Haas’ tender portrait of transgender folksinger Bennett Wallace.”

Sex, Politics, and Teletubbies at the Portland Queer Film Fest
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“A vibrant and joyful film, Real Boy will inspire viewers to listen to songs of their own inner voices.”

Award-winning documentaries highlight diverse trans experiencesShowbiz Chicago logo

“Real Boy is an uplifting journey of discovery and self-awareness that perfectly set the tone for a great weekend of LGBT cinema.”

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“We believe [Real Boy] should not only be seen by as many as possible, but also understood and ideally be part of school curriculum.”

Oslo/Fusion Queer Youth Jury selects prize winner
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Real Boy opens this year’s Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival. Robert Sims interviews director & subject.

KOOP radio interview: Bennett Wallace & Shaleece Haas
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“Real Boy had audiences laughing and crying as Bennett and his family struggle with their separate transformations.”

Interview: Shaleece Haas, Director of REAL BOY

“Real Boy will make its Canadian Premiere at the 2016 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. We spoke to director Shaleece Haas.”

Inside Out 2016 Women Directors: Meet Shaleece Haas — “Real Boy”
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This is a film about what it feels like to want to be loved by the people you’re closest to and how painful it is when something gets in the way of it.

Becoming a ‘Real Boy’: Filmmaker Follows Teenager’s Trans Journey
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“Into this particular moment in history steps this remarkable new documentary film, Real Boy.” 

Below the Fold 05: Shaleece Haas, Director of REAL BOY
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“The brilliant coming-of-age documentary Real Boy [is] raw and breathtakingly honest.”

Shaleece Haas talks about her incredible documentary REAL BOY
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“We checked out the best in show at BFI Flare, stories about being impregnated with rats, sexual tension in swimming pools and forbidden love.”

The Best Films from London’s LGBT Festival

“Oh, and hold on tight… Because it’s not an easy path, but it is definitely worth the weight.” — Bennett Wallace

Bennett Wallace talks about his life in front of the camera for REAL BOY


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