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FEATURE NARRATIVE 103 Minutes North American Premiere

Bree is days away from what she has been dreaming about her whole life-the completion of her sex re-assignment surgery. But her plans come to an abrupt halt when she is forced to confront a person who she never knew existed-her long-lost son, Toby. He is in New York City, in jail, and is looking for his biological father, "Stanley." Reluctantly, Bree travels to New York and bails him out under the pretense that she is a missionary worker. She learns that Toby's mother is dead and he now works as a hustler, does drugs, and practically lives as a squatter. But he wants to go with her to L.A. in hopes of pursuing other endeavors. Once she decides to take him along, the two embark on a road trip that leads to a touching rediscovery of familial bonds. Felicity Huffman as Bree portrays every nuance of a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual without transgression, from the octave of her voice to the almost forced hyper-femininity. Kevin Zegers holds his own as Toby, playing the character's tough façade alongside vulnerability and adolescent confusion. Laced with humor and poignant moments, Transamerica transcends the genres it incorporates due to writer/director Duncan Tucker's engaging script and meticulous direction. The film ultimately comes together as the story of two people in transition who are used to relying on themselves and have not yet realized that it sometimes takes a stranger to help you move on to the next place.

About the Director(s)

Transamerica is Duncan Tucker's feature debut. His 2000 short film, The Mountain King, played in over 30 film festivals worldwide, and was featured in numerous special "best of festival" programs. The Mountain King received a nationwide
theatrical release in 2001 in a program of four short films titled Boys to Men, which was distributed by Jour De Fete/Rialto Films. The video/DVD of Boys to Men was released by Strand Releasing. Tucker's short story, "Many Fish", appeared in ASCENT magazine, and his photographs and paintings have been shown in New York at Civilian Warfare Gallery, The Patrick Fox Gallery and White Columns in Soho.

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