A Chance To Dress

    
76 year old Professor Emeritus John Southard recently came out to his family, friends and M.I.T colleagues as a cross-dresser after nearly 40 years of easy collegiality. His exuberant outing is reflected, in part, by his efforts to reach out as an educator and counselor to other closeted students and faculty.  His consuming desire is to be finally accepted as a full person in the Geology department as well as in society.  A Chance To Dress explores the many dimensions of identity and the diversity of gender expression, and gives voice to a misunderstood group within the transgender community.  Dr. Southard’s  journey weaves a story that intersects gender presentation, acceptance, the immutability of established institutions and the ultimate affirmation of the human spirit.

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  And funded in part by a grant from The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of San Francisco.

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UPCOMING SCREENING:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016 (TIME TBA):

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Room 6-120

Jean and John “Tephra” Southard will participate in a post screening Q & A

 

Previous Festival and Theatrical Screenings:

Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Ojai Independent Film Festival – Ojai, CA

HONORABLE MENTION FOR BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Arlington International Film Festival – October 19th, 2015

A CHANCE TO DRESS WON THE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT!!

The Red Dirt Film Festival, Stillwater Oklahoma

Festival des Films du Monde / Montreal World Film Festival

The Nickel Independent Film Festival – June 28th, 2015

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Athens International Film Festival, Ohio

Roving Eye International Film Festival, Bristol Rhode Island

* World Premiere*  SOLD OUT! Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Alfond Auditorium – April 29, 2015

Additional Awards:

Santa Monica – SaMo Indie – Honorable Mention

Atlanta Spotlight Docufest – Silver Award

Best Shorts Competition, CA – Merit Award

                          


Contact Alice Bouvrie at Achancetodress@gmail.com