What began as a short script for a documentary theater writing class has become a short-film staple at film festivals this year. Dylan, from Emmy Award-winning director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, takes viewers on the personal journey of a transgender man (played by transgender actor, Becca Blackwell) as he recalls moving to New York City and the exploration of its transgender community in the late '90s and early 2000's. Based on an interview with Dylan Winn Garner, the film touches on family acceptance, and the transformations, both physical and emotional, that Garner underwent.
Slated to appear at Outfest on July 12, Rohrbaugh hopes that Dylan can show transgender individuals, especially transgender youth, that they have a community that will stand by them through this process.
NOTE: A note on the use of the word "tranny" in the film from the filmmaker: "It was kept in the film to honor the authenticity and honesty of the interview with the real Dylan, who used it in the context that applied to him 10 years ago. However, we do not in any way support or promote the use of that word in any context."
Watch the short below:
DYLAN from Elizabeth Rohrbaugh on Vimeo.