COURTNEY HERMANN
EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING AND FILM EDUCATION
Burton Before and After
Burton Before and After (2017) is an intimate portrait of transition, memory, and friendship.

Synopsis:  Fifteen years after Burton began his gender-affirming transition, his longtime friend Courtney calls him up with news that she has uncovered a cache of home video footage from that time period.

In the wake of greater transgender awareness in the dominant culture, Courtney proposes that they go on-camera to revisit the old footage together. Burton worries about outing himself to co-workers who are unaware of his gender reassignment and declines Courtney's proposition. But after the election of the 45th President of the United States, Burton changes his mind and his fear is no longer as important as his truth.

Distribution: Educational distribution of streaming and DVD rights is handled by Dark Hollow Films.  To order this title for an institution, group, organization, or library, follow the link:  https://www.darkhollowfilms.com/product/burton-before-and-after/

Film Festival Screenings:  Leeds Queer Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles, Q Films (Long Beach Q Film Festival), Reeling (The Chicago International LGBTQ Film Festival), Cinema Diverse (Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival), Oregon Independent Film Festival, TWIST (Seattle Queer Film Festival), Olympia Film Festival, Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. BendFilm Festival, TWIST (Seattle Queer Film Festival), Trans Stellar Film Festival, Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, Portland Film Festival, Q Fest:  San Antonio LGBT International Film Festival.

Awards:  Best Trans Documentary at the Trans Stellar Film Festival, Audience Favorite at Cinema Diverse (Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival), Audience Award for Best Short Film (Olympia Film Festival).

Project Website:  https://www.boxcarassembly.com/burton-before-and-after

Comments about the film from the parent of a gender non-conforming child: "In an atmosphere of fear and bathroom bills and bans, the portrait painted undercuts all of that by being deeply, sweetly human."

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