I was moved by this story of the reception given to screening in a church hall of a documentary by an out, trans film maker about her experience and that of her family:
“This is the very first time our film has been in this community, ” said Carol McKerrow, the mother of the three children portrayed in the movie. “In absolutely every way, the reception has been supportive and embracing and absolutely overwhelming.”
To understand the concerns one must understand the movie. The screening of “Prodigal Sons“, directed and co-produced by Reed, follows a family of three children.
The oldest, Marc, suffered atraumatic injury in a car crash and has struggled ever since with mental illness. The youngest son, Paul, is gay while the middle child, formerly Pat McKerrow – a star quarterback for the 1975 Helena Bengal football team – returned to Helena as a woman after attending film school at the University of California Berkely. Read the rest of this entry »