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Executive producer

a film by Shaleece Haas

documentary film - 63:00 - 2016

broadcast on PBS/Independent Lens

official site for streaming and screenings

REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates sobriety, adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen.

REAL BOY has screened more than 180 times in 20 countries, received multiple awards, and was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in June 2017.


Audience Award, Best Documentary

Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco, CA


Jury Prize, Best Feature

Iris Prize Film Festival, Cardiff, Wales, UK


The James Lyons Editing Award for Documentary Feature

Woodstock Film Festival, Woodstock, NY


Honorable Mention, Feature Documentary

Woodstock Film Festival, Woodstock, NY


Jury Prize, Best Documentary

TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Seattle, WA


Jury Prize, Best Documentary

LesGaiCineMad, Madrid, Spain


Audience Award, Best Documentary

Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Austin, TX


Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing

Independent Film Festival Boston, Boston, MA


Jury Prize, Best Documentary

Durango Film Festival, Durango, CO


Jury Prize, Best Documentary

MiFo LGBT Film Festival, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Jury Prize, Best Documentary

OUT at the Movies, Winston-Salem, NC



Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature

ImageOUT, Rochester, NY


Audience Award, Best Feature

Pride Film Festival, College Station, TX


Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature

Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Tampa, FL


Best Documentary, Best Directing, & Best Editing Awards

Transforming Cinema, Sheffield, UK


Audience Award, Best Documentary

ReelQ, Pittsburgh, PA


Queer Youth Jury Prize

Oslo/Fusion, Oslo, Norway


Audience Award, Best Feature

Dayton LGBT Film Festival, Dayton, OH


Jury Prize, Best Direction

Rio Festival de Gênero & Sexualidade no Cinema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature (First-Time Director)

qFLIX, Philadelphia, PA


Honorable Mention

North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Shreveport, LA

California Humanities
Independent Lens
Film Independent
Berkeley Film Foundation
The Fledgling Fund
California Institute of Contemporary Arts
Pacific Pioneer Fund
Rough Cuts
Swell Cinema
San Francisco Film Society


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