A Kid Like Jake
Claire Danes and Jim Parsons star in an emotional and nuanced look at modern parenting as a married couple whose precocious, creative four-year-old begins to exhibit gender-expansive behavior. Directed by Silas Howard ("Transparent") and with an impressive supporting cast that includes Octavia Spencer and Ann Dowd.
Trans filmmaker Silas Howard presents a poignant film on navigating parenthood, relationships, and acceptance in A Kid LIke Jake. Brooklyn couple Alex (Claire Danes, "Homeland") and Greg (Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"), face the anxiety-inducing plight of New York parents that is the competitive school admissions process. Without the means to afford the astronomical cost of a prestigious private school, mutual friend and educator Judy (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer, The Help) advises them to capitalize on their four-year-old son Jake's (Leo James Davis) gender-role deviance to give him a competitive edge in the pool of scholarship applicants. While the pair have always supported Jake's preference for princesses and dress-up, they are forced to analyze their true sense of progressivism and flexibility in the face of Jake's educational and social future, as he is already beginning to face scrutiny from his peers. Thus, Alex and Greg are made to question the ethical dilemma of whether to assign their child a label he has not requested nor can understand, with the pure intention providing him a quality education. This film touches profoundly on the ways socialization shaves down the layers of our identity from fear of rejection, when through the eyes of a child a fluid existence is a comfortable one.
Silas Howard received his MFA in directing from UCLA. He burst onto the scene with the Sundance Film Festival award-winning By Hook or By Crook in 2001. He moved on to directing documentaries, music videos, web series, and television. His recent TV credits include multiple episodes of "The Fosters," "Transparent," and "This Is Us."
Sponsored by Greater Seattle Business Association
- Director: Silas Howard
- Principal Cast: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, Amy Landecker
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 92 minutes
- Producer: Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, Eric Norsoph, Paul Bernon, Rachel Song
- Screenplay: Daniel Pearle
- Cinematographers: Steven Capitano Calitri
- Editors: Michael Taylor
- Music: Roger Neill, Linda Cohen
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: More Than T (2017); Valencia (2013); Sunset Stories (2012); By Hook or by Crook (2001)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: IFC Films
- International Sales: Bankside Films