Finding Kim

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USA | 2016 | 82 minutes | Aaron Bear

Seattle transgender man Kim B. spent a lifetime of struggling with isolation, drug addiction, and identity issues before finally beginning to transition at age 50. Director Aaron Bear follows the process, crafting an intimate, heartwarming portrait.

Monday, May 23, 2016

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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When Kim was younger, he never really felt comfortable in his own skin. Being assigned as female at birth and raised a girl, his childhood was full of bullying and traumatic experiences. The other kids would tease him mercilessly about looking and acting "like a boy," sometimes even preventing him from using the restrooms at school. Kim didn't have the words to describe what was happening or how he felt to anyone—he just knew he was different. Later on in life, he came to the realization that maybe he was gay, but the lesbian community didn't feel right to him either. After diving headfirst into all sorts of queer and transgender reading material, Kim came to the ultimate decision that he was meant to be a man, and began the female-to-male transformation process almost immediately. Kim's story is entwined with insightful interviews with members and activists in the LGBTQ community: Carmen Carrera ("RuPaul's Drag Race," season 3), Buck Angel (a famous female-to-male adult entertainer), Dr. Tony Mangubat (a surgeon specializing in transgender procedures), and Seattle's own Dan Savage. Finding Kim follows our titular character through his day-to-day life to his eventual life-changing surgery as he becomes who he always felt he was under the surface.

Director Biography
In his first feature-length documentary, Finding Kim, Aaron Bear works to unveil a journey of gender identity and self-acceptance and to tell Kim's story as honestly and organically as possible. Bear takes a stylistic approach to filmmaking that ensures a visually stunning end product.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, CityArts, Seattle Weekly

  • Director: Aaron Bear
  • Principal Cast: Kim B, Dan Savage, Buck Angel, Carmen Carrera, Calpernia Addams, Jamison Green, Dr. Tony Mangubat
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Producer: Aaron Bear, Jasten King
  • Cinematographers: Gabriel Bienczycki
  • Editors: Stephen Michael Simon
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP