From award-winning gay documentary duo Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Party Monster)!
This groundbreaking portrait of Chaz Bono’s life as a transgender man has touched hearts across America with its personal exploration of courage and strength. Through interviews with friends and family (including his mother, Cher) the film presents an illuminating story that everyone should see.
Growing up as Sonny and Cher’s adorable golden-haired daughter in a body he felt wasn’t his own was a crucible it took years to transcend. Now, as he undertakes gender reassignment, Chaz bravely decides to share the process on camera. Becoming Chaz invites us along on Chaz’s remarkable journey of transformation.
Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato were given near total access to Bono as he deals with the physical and emotional challenges of transitioning (as well as the complex legal ramifications) in the documentary BECOMING CHAZ. The film also includes interviews with Chaz’s mother Cher, his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Elia, and his stepmother Mary Bono Mack, all of whom have their own ways of dealing with profound changes in someone they love.
BECOMING CHAZ received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Awards & Quotes
NOMINATED FOR 3 EMMYS including Nonfiction Special, Directing, and Picture Editing. OFFICIAL SELECTION Oprah Winfrey’s Documentary Club
- Featurette: Rosie After the Doc - Roundtable Discussion
- Sundance interview: Randy Barbato/Fenton Bailey (Directors)
- Sundance: Chaz Bono & Jen Ella interview