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AAFF PRESENTS Goes Online


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

Rent Why Can't I Be Me? Around You May 6 - June 9

We’re once again partnering with The Michigan Theater for our monthly screening series, AAFF PRESENTS. Each month we’ll be presenting online screenings of feature films that were shown during the 58th AAFF. The screenings are free for AAFF members (you can become one here). Our first screening happening 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.

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

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