Director Lori Petchers and star Tony Ferraiolo slated to appear at the Saturday, June 22nd screening
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – June 17nd, 2013: A SELF-MADE MAN, a documentary film by Lori Petchers that explores gender identity through an intimate portrait of youth advocate Tony Ferraiolo, will have its world premiere at the 2013 Provincetown International Film Festival.
Ferraiolo’s work has recently garnered national press coverage, when Emerson College student, Donnie Collins, publicly thanked Tony for guiding him through his transition. Collins’ fraternity brothers offered to pay for his “top” surgery, an act of generosity and acceptance that touched off a media frenzy in early 2013. [pullquote]We watch Tony guide kids as young as 8, and their parents, through the confusing journey of defining themselves, when their physical appearance conflicts with how they view themselves.[/pullquote]
A SELF-MADE MAN is told through the poignant personal story and important life work of Tony Ferraiolo, a transgender youth advocate. We watch Tony guide kids as young as 8, and their parents, through the confusing journey of defining themselves, when their physical appearance conflicts with how they view themselves. A SELF-MADE MAN examines the complicated dynamics of transitioning from multiple perspectives, with humor and honesty.
Gender identity appears at a very young age and in this time of growing transgender awareness, younger and younger kids are declaring their gender identities, and families are struggling to adjust.
“I hope that A SELF-MADE MAN will bring a wider audience to a point of greater empathy, humanity and understanding,” said director Lori Petchers. “I am honored to launch my film at such a wonderful film festival.” Petchers completed the film in 18 months.
Screening dates and times:
Provincetown International Film Festival:
Thursday, June 20th at 12 Noon at Art/Connect, Provincetown, MA
Saturday, June 22nd at 4 p.m. at Schoolhouse Center, Provincetown, MA (Q&A with Petchers and Ferraiolo follows screening)
Lori Petchers is an award-winning documentary filmmaker/video artist whose films have screened at numerous festivals and venues such as Palm Springs International Shortfest, Provincetown International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival and LUNAFEST. Lori received an Artist Fellowship Grant in Film/Video from the State of Connecticut and a regional Emmy nomination for her work. Her film and video work aspires to confront social norms and stereotypes through both traditional and non-traditional media.
About PFS & PIFF:
The Provincetown Film Society, Inc. (PFS) is the year-round organization and home of the 15-year-old Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) and the Waters Edge Cinema. PFS is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. This is achieved through its 5-day Festival in June as well as its year-round theater operation, the Waters Edge Cinema. PFS is equally devoted to expanding the audience for independent film and to serving our Provincetown and Outer Cape community by filling the void for annual film programming and reflecting the community’s rich diversity in our selected films and honorees. An integral part of PFS’s mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America’s oldest art colony. Website: www.ptownfilmfest.org.