'From This Day Forward' Doc Explores One Family's Transgender Story (Exclusive Video)
Sharon Shattuck shares the story of her childhood growing up with a transgender father.
From the success of Amazon's series Transparent to Laverne Cox earning the first Emmy nomination for an openly transgender actress, the past year has brought transgender stories to the small screen with much success.
Now, From This Day Forward, a new documentary, explores one woman's experience with her father's transition. Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck, who co-created The New York Times Op-Docs series Animated Life, shares the compassionate story of her parents’ ongoing marriage after her dad’s transition and her mother’s continued heterosexual identification, and the impact it had on her childhood and her own recent wedding.
Here, The Hollywood Reporter exclusive debuts the first trailer.
The trailer features personal, one-on-one interviews with Shattuck’s father, now called Trisha, and her mother, Marcia, as they recall Trisha’s decision to come out as transgender to her daughter while she was still in middle school.
Candid home videos from Shattuck’s childhood and times before Trisha’s transition to female, are showcased as well as tender moments of affection between Shattuck’s parents, who are both living their lives as women. Footage from Shattuck’s own wedding is juxtaposed with her recollection of a conversation she had with her father during middle school in which he told her, “Sharon, whenever you get married I hope that you’ll let me wear a dress when I walk you down the aisle.”
The film will premiere on April 10 at the Full Frame film festival in Durham, North Carolina and at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto in late April.
Watch the trailer above.