In France Michelle Is a Man’s Name

Directed by Em Weinstein

Michael, a young trans man, returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents. After an uneasy dinner, Michael joins his dad for a drive, but their early bonding soon gives way to a chasm of misunderstanding. In France Michelle Is a Man’s Name explores trans identity, masculinity, and the prices we're willing to pay for acceptance.


About the Director

Em Weinstein

Em Weinstein is a writer/director for film, theater, and television, most recently staffed on Amazon’s A League of Their Own series. While getting their MFA at Yale School of Drama, Em directed numerous plays such as the first workshop production of SLAVE PLAY by Jeremy O. Harris. Em has made two award-winning short films that have played at festivals worldwide. Most recently, their film IN FRANCE MICHELLE IS A MAN’S NAME won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at Slamdance in February 2021 and CANDACE won Best Short at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. Em has written, directed, and developed work with theater companies such as Rattlestick Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Two River Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Working Theater, New Georges, and the National Queer Theater. Em is part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women Class of 2021 and is repped by ICM and GRL BND Media. Em is transmasculine and uses they/them pronouns. Learn more about their work at emweinstein.com.


Credits

Writer/Director | Em Weinstein

Cast | Tim Blough, Ari Damasco, Jerry Carlton, Olga Sanchez, Dan Vhay, Genna McCallister, Neil Green, and Miss Prys

Producers | Alix Masters, Rachel Shuey, Claire Tuft, Vincent Lin, and Matthew Damoto

Executive Producers | Wendy Vanden Huevel and Distracted Globe Foundation

In Association With | Valiant Pictures

Director of Photography | Alexa Wolf

Production/Wardrobe Designer | Jade Harris

Editor | Lizzy Graham

Composer | Jacob Masters

Line Producer/Unit Production Manager | Claire Tuft

First Assistant Director | Heston Charres

First Assitant Camera | Kelli Wilcoxen

Second Assistant Camera | Ivana Horvat

Steadicam Operator/Gaffer | Jesse Coyote Sanchez-Strauss

Key Grip | Julian Tran

Best Boy Electric | Caitlin Callahan and Liz Haan

Best Boy Grip | Kanon Havens

Swing | Asia Brown

Sound Mixer | Christiann Burch

Art Assistant | Krista Hershberger

Wardrobe Assistant | Kelly Wilcox

Hair & Makeup Artist | Sara Dickman

Production Coordinator | Jacy Mairs

Script Supervisor | Chelsea Unsbee

Key Production Assistant | Emma Josephson

Production Assistants | Roland Dahwen, Kyle Dodson, Maeva Garcin, Morgan Raymond Shayleen, and Vivien Weinstein

Colorist | Jenny Montgomery

Assistant Editor | Paul Chung

Music Supervisor | Michael Biascucci

Post-Sound Mixer/Foley | Julian Evans

Graphic Design | Amma Gregoline & Severin Bunse

Oregon Casting | Lan Veenker CSA & Eryn Goodman CSA, Ranielle Gray CSA

Oregon Casting Assistant | John Srednicki

Catering | Cousin's Country Inn, Molly B's Diner, Montira's Thai Cuisine, Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie, Santeria, and Hot Lips Pizza

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