Back in December I got some video of the Q&A at the Anchorage International Film Festival's GayLa night. Alex Myung's animated film Arrival opened. It's a visually beautiful story of a young, Asian-American gay man leaving for the big city and later coming out to his mom. It got the first runner up award for animation at the festival.
The second film, a feature documentary called Real Boy, follows Bennett Wallace's transition to a boy.
[You can see the trailers for both films here.]
After the showing, they went on stage together to answer questions. I've paraphrased the question below. I got most of the Q&A but I think there were a few more questions I missed.
The first went to Alex. The Bennett got some, and then it went back to Alex for the last one.
Q1: Was this how you came out or someone you know?
Q2: Was it always going to be a film without dialog?
Q3: How has the relationships with your parents evolved since the film?
Q4: Given that the film portrays your cutting yourself, what would you tell kids today who are cutting?
Q5: Would it have helped you to see a film like this? [Spoiler: "It would have changed my life."
Q6: How did the film come about?
Q7: How did it feel living your life with the camera on you all the time? [Spoiler: "At first I felt I always had to say something really profound. That didn't last long." "It was difficult when we filmed in public."
Q8: How is Joe doing now?
Q9: I seemed to see a Miyazaki influence, was he a model for you?