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Still from Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You

Get your tickets for Why Can't I Be Me? Around You available May 6 - June 9

We’re once again partnering with The Michigan Theater for our monthly screening series, AAFF PRESENTS. For the next six months, we’ll be presenting online screenings of feature films that were shown during the 58th AAFF. The films are $12 to rent or free for AAFF members (you can become one here). You must watch within 30 days of purchase and finish within 48 hours of starting the film. Our first screening starting on May 6 will be Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You by Harrod Blank which won the \aut\ FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film at the 58th AAFF.

The film is centered on Albuquerque’s Rusty Tidenberg, an auto mechanic and drag-racing aficionado, who shocked friends and family by coming out as trans. Followed for eight years by filmmaker Harrod Blank, Rusty guides us through the aftermath of her transition, as growing acceptance among her straight-talking Southwest community still doesn’t ease her romantic and professional woes. Interwoven with lively tales of gender-nonconforming individuals on the art car circuit, Blank’s film is a sensitive and unpredictable love letter to people who fight to be unapologetically themselves.

The next film will be released June 10, stay tuned for more details!

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Watch the trailer for Why Can't I be Me? Around You



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