Episode 17: Transformer Janae Kroczaleski and Michael Del Monte
Alissa Santiago presents
Hot Docs 2018 edition: Transformer
Alissa sits down with the director Michael Del Monte and the subject of Transformer Janae Kroczaleski. The film is an honest and authentic look at Janae’s transition and how her support system rallies along with her. The film is currently screening at Hot Docs 2018.
Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski was a world-record weightlifter with lucrative sponsorships. As a US Marine and bodybuilder, he was a poster boy for masculine body image. But in the summer of 2015, he was publicly outed as transgender—and quickly dropped by sponsors, banned from competing and renounced by his parents. Matt’s dual life came to an end as she made the decision to transition to Janae. Wearing makeup while pumping iron and looking for outfits that complement her muscular 250-pound frame, Janae is surrounded by her admiring sons and supportive friends. But it’s her emotional, rather than physical, transformation that’s truly the heart of this film. Her vulnerability is balanced by strength, her confidence tempered by concern for others. Her openness to documenting the sometimes painful process of letting go captures a timely story of finding acceptance for being who you are.
For tickets visit HotDocs.ca
The Last Screening is Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 8:15 pm @ The ScotiaBank Theatre
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