Ped Mall -Scene 1 Mon, Aug 12, 2019 6:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Pride at FilmScene
Film Info
Runtime:92 minutes
Director:Silas Howard
Year Released:2018
Production Country:USA


Presented in partnership with Iowa City Pride; post-screening discussion hosted in partnership with TransVerse.

"Expansively humane and funny. Claire Danes and Jim Parsons are stunningly good." - Emily Yoshiba, Vulture

"A daring little drama." - John Anderson, the Wall Street Journal

Brooklyn parents Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg (Jim Parsons) are lucky to have a kid like Jake. Their four-year-old is bright, precocious, creative - and just happens to prefer Disney princesses to toy cars and skirts to jeans. Jake's "gender expansive" behavior - as local preschool director Judy (Octavia Spencer) dubs it - is no big deal to Alex and Greg. Or so it seems, until the process of navigating New York City's hyper-competitive private school system opens up a parental quagmire: could Jake's gender nonconformity be just the thing that gives their child an edge in the admissions game? How young is too young to put a label on a child's identity? Is this just a phase, or is Jake truly transgender?

Split on their opinions on how to handle the situation, Alex and Greg find themselves navigating an emotional and ethical minefield with one patch of common ground between them: their fierce desire to do what's right for Jake. Transparent director Silas Howard helms this timely, honest, emotional rich look at 21st-century parenting.