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'In France, Michelle Is a Man's Name' Wins Outfest Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short

The winning film was produced by Valiant Pictures and directed by Em Weinstein

'In France, Michelle Is a Man's Name' Wins Outfest Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short

Director Em Weinstein’s (they/them) latest short film 'In France, Michelle is a Man’s Name' has earned among the top honours following its premiere at Outfest 2020: the Outfest Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short. The 13-minute coming-of-age drama premiered during the virtual affair, and will be re-screened during the festival’s Encore Week from 31st August - 7th September.

In the film, Michael, a young trans man, returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents. ‘In France Michelle is a Man’s Name’ explores trans identity, masculinity, and the prices we're willing to pay for acceptance.

Weinstein has premiered films with a plethora of festivals worldwide, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival’s American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase, where their project Candace (2017) won Best Film.

They have additionally developed and directed theatrical work with companies such as New Georges, the 52nd Street Project, Shakespeare & Company, Glasshouse Lab, Collaboraction, Working Theater, En Garde Arts and the Museum of Ice Cream. Most recently, they were selected to take part in the lauded AFI Directing Workshop for Women’s Class of 2021.


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Production

Director/Writer: Em Weinstein

Executive Producer: Wendy vanden Heuvel, Distracted Globe Foundation

Producer: Alix Masters, Rachel Shuey, Claire Tuft, Vincent Lin and Matthew Damato

DP: Alexa Wolf

Production Designer / Wardrobe Designer: Jade Harris

Editor: Lizzy Graham

Composer: Jacob Masters

Colorist: Jenny Montgomery

Cast: Ari Damasco, Jerry Carlton, Olga Sanchez and Miss Prys

Category: Short Films and Music Videos , Short films