Red Without Blue

Fri, June 1, 2007, 7:30pm

Co-Directors Benita Sills and Todd Sills, as well as Mark and Clair Farley, subjects of the film, will be in attendance

Mark’s parents always dressed him in red, his brother Alex in blue. Identical twins, born minutes apart-Mark and Alex’s identifying hues exemplified both the intimacy of connection between twins, and the social complications that result from such a closely shared identity. In a seemingly conventional middle-American family Mark and Alex grew and developed both as individuals and within the unique shared terrain that twins inhabit. But by the time they were 14, their parents had divorced, they had come out as gay, there were problems with drug abuse and depression. Eventually a joint suicide attempt precipitated a forced separation of Mark and Alex for two and half years. When they were reunited, Alex’s surprise decision to explore gender re-assignment surgery and live as a female, Clair, created profound challenges for the whole family, but particularly for the special relationship that Mark and Alex had shared as twin brothers. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, Red Without Blue is a beautifully shot, incredibly intimate portrait of individuals dealing with sexual and gender identity, but which ultimately speaks to the extraordinary bonds that hold families together.

RED WITHOUT BLUE: Dirs Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, Todd Sills 2007 USA 74 min

Sponsored By: Savoy Tavern & Bistro

Community Partners: Portland PFLAG and the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)