“Pink Boy” is an award-winning, intimate 15-minute portrait of a gender-creative boy growing up in conservative rural Florida. Butch lesbian BJ successfully avoided dresses her entire life until she and her partner Sherrie adopted Jeffrey, who to their shock, starts to dance in gowns and perform for his parents. As six-year-old Jeffrey increasingly wishes to dress up in public, BJ must navigate where it is safe for him, from school to a rodeo in Georgia to the ultimate holiday for a pink boy, Halloween. It is a story of love between a butch mother and her feminine son, in one sense opposites, but united by a determination to be who they truly are.
Pink Boy had its World Premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK on June 7th, and its North American Premiere at Palm Springs ShortFest on June 18th where it won Best Documentary. Pink Boy has won five awards in total, including Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at DOC NYC.
The DOC NYC Shorts Jury had the following jurors' statement about Pink Boy:
“Creative and well-crafted, Pink Boy is a tender and heartfelt portrait of a transgender boy and his protective loving mother that stayed with this jury long after the film was over. The filmmakers clearly earned the trust of their subjects and managed to produce a film with editorial and emotional resonance.”
Director, Producer and Editor: ERIC ROCKEY
Camera and Sound: ERIC ROCKEY AND OSCAR FRASSER
Original Score: T. GRIFFIN
Story Consultants: DEANNA KAMIEL, JONATHAN OPPENHEIM, AND JEREMIAH ZAGAR
Titles: MATHIAS HOEGG
Color: RCO COLOR & FINISHING
DI Colorist: SETH RICHART
DI Producer: MARCUS LANSDELL