A young trans man tells the story of his life on a early morning journey to Coney Island.
Writer and director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh offers a powerful, compelling short of a transgender man’s journey toward self-realization.
As Dylan — based on a childhood friend of the director — travels to Coney Island, he reflects on his odyssey of transformation, symbolically removing layers of clothes along the way.
Dylan’s journey isn’t just a parable of self-discovery and acceptance, though those themes resonate throughout the film — he’s also candid about the real, intimate details on what it means to be trans for many.
This unusual scripted “documentary” features a compelling central role for LGBT performer Becca Blackwell, who offers an emotionally poignant portrait of someone searching and fighting for their identity.
“Dylan” is simply but elegantly made, and while it’s rooted in one person’s specific experience, its universal themes of self-love and self-knowledge will resonate with anyone trying to find their voice and place in the world.
“Please note that we do not mean to offend anyone by the use of the word ‘tranny’ in the film,” Rohrbaugh said. “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.”
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