2021 Damn These Heels Queer Festival


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Queer family, chosen and otherwise, constitute the connection between the films that fall in the Apples & Trees program. Parents and their children navigate the complexities of coming out, staying out, and living out in this collection of shorts desiccated to the space between generations.

Deep in the heart of the American west, Michael returns after years of separation to his parents’ home. As they try to negotiate better understandings of one another, Michael as a trans man and his parents as born and bred rural citizens struggling to accept him, concessions are made.

A smart, concise, playful, and serious exploration of male ritual, family dynamics, and the trans experience, In France Michelle Is A Man’s Name is at once a bridge-building and critically questioning work, quintessential to capturing the contemporary experience of trans men in the United States.  

In France Michelle Is A Man’s Name won the Grand Jury Prize at both Outfest LA 2020 and Slamdance 2021 and has screened at numerous other festivals including AFI, Newfest, and many more.

– Ash Hoyle, Damn These Heels Director of Programming

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    13 minutes
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    Not Rated
  • Director
    Em Weinstein