UnLonely Film Festival 5

The Paint Wizzard

A 60-year-old housepainter in Texas wrestles with questions of identity and self-acceptance after coming out as a transgender woman.

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Meet the Filmmakers

What is their why?

“We wanted to make this film because Millie is unlike anyone we had ever met before. She challenges any and all societal stereotypes and that was something we wanted to explore through telling her story. Growing up in a conservative religious household, she never felt that she could be her authentic self. Even though she is unapologetically herself today, she still struggles to accept who she is. We know there are other people out there who may be in similar situations – who feel lonely and isolated and can relate to Millie’s story. We hope that this film will inspire and empower people to embrace who they are and live their truth, no matter how difficult it may be.”

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Jessie Auritt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor. Her debut feature, SUPERGIRL, was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens. Jessie has also edited and produced videos for the likes of Great Big Story, UNICEF, EatingWell, Travel & Leisure and many other companies and nonprofits.

Jessica Wolfson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her work has been broadcast on Discovery Channel, TLC, PBS, IFC and played film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, DocNYC, Full Frame and more. 

Join the Conversation

Is there something in your life that is a consistent challenge, that nonetheless you continue to pursue because it is critical to who you are? What advice or encouragement can you share to help Millie and others find meaningful connection? 

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