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Why Can't I Be Me? Around You
UCSC Communications Building 150 (Studio C)
Santa Cruz, CA
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Oct 12, 2019 4:45 PM

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Why Can't I Be Me? Around You
Filmmaker Harrod Blank, Co-filmmaker Sjoerd Dijk, and subject Rusty Tidenberg will be in attendance.

Albuquerque's Rusty Tidenberg, auto mechanic and drag-racing aficionado, shocked friends and family by coming out as trans. Followed for eight years by filmmaker Harrod Blank (son of Les Blank), Rusty guides us through the aftermath of her transition, as growing acceptance among her straight-talking Southwest community still doesnt ease her romantic and professional woes. Interwoven with lively tales of gender non-conforming individuals on the art-car circuit, Blank's film,  a hit at South by Southwest,  is a sensitive and unpredictable love letter to people who fight to be unapologetically themselves.

93 mins

Directed by: Harrod Blank

Screening with:

Welcome to the Ball, Directed by: Adam Vincent Wright, United States (5 mins)


UCSC Communications Building 150 (Studio C) (View)
UCSC Communications Building
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States


Film > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Santa Cruz Film Festival
On BPT Since: Sep 07, 2017
Santa Cruz Film Festival
831 612-6303

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