Subject Buck Angel in attendance
Sat, May 18, 2013, 9:30pm
McMenamins Kennedy School Theater
This is a 21 and over screening
Shot over six years, Mr. Angel chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender advocate, educator and porn pioneer Buck Angel. The documentary tells two stories in parallel — that of Buck’s path to selfhood through addiction, homelessness and rejection and that of Buck as an international voice in the queer world. He views his breast reduction surgery as a turning point in his life, after which he began his rise to stardom in the porn industry, and from this position of notoriety began a career in trans activism.
“It’s not what’s between your legs that defines you.”– Sascha Strand
Throughout his life Buck faced huge personal and professional opposition. Trans prejudice within the gay community made his entrance into American porn difficult. Now well recognized in the industry, he fights to gain legitimacy as an activist. At no point, though, does he falter in his conviction to challenge traditional bounds within gender identity and to help others feel comfortable in their bodies.
Buck’s activism began on the Internet and continues now at events around the world. Speaking at universities, on talk shows and in web-based idea forums, Buck asks us to let our guard down, to care less about what others think we should be and to embrace ourselves on our own terms. We’re reminded that empowerment is sexy, that gratitude is vital and that “It’s not what’s between your legs that defines you.”
– Sascha Strand
Mr. Angel: Dir Dan Hunt 2013 USA 68 min.
Community Partners: Outside In; Pivot