Coming to America ReFramed today, Tuesday, June 23: A SELF-MADE MAN
Lori Petchers’ portrait of a transgender youth advocate debuted at Provincetown in 2013. It went on to screen at Margaret Mead, Portland Women’s fest, Rhode Island, Frameline, and LGBT fests in Santa Barbara, Vancouver, Paris, Athens, Seattle, and Copenhagen, among others.
Tony Ferraiolo was born female but identified more as a boy growing up. While he took on a lesbian identity when he was older, he felt dissatisfied, and contemplated suicide until he finally embraced his maleness. After he transitioned, Ferraiolo drew on his own struggles and experiences as an FTM to help others through the process – specifically young people and their families, recognizing that kids are recognizing their gender identity at younger and younger ages now, and families don’t always know how best to respond. Petchers featurette is a candid portrait of the affable youth advocate and his increasingly vital work.