How Does A Young Artist Explore LGBTQ Issues?

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December 21st, 2017

When Jonah enrolled in PRO-TV at 15 he dreamed of becoming a filmmaker. He was also beginning to come out as trans to close friends and family members. Jonah began to feel as though he lived a double life: he was Amelia at home and Jonah to the world. So he decided to make a film.

Jonah reflects, Duality is about the experience of being trans, which a lot of people don’t understand. I wanted to use it as an educational piece. But the process of making Duality also helped me understand my family and situation better.”

Duality went on to win awards at several film festivals, including the 2017 Brooklyn Youth Media Festival’s Concrete Stories Award: Best in Show and NewFest’s New Voices Filmmaker Grant. Now in his first year of college, Jonah aspires to continue making films that explore LGBTQ issues. He shares, “After screenings, people tell me how they also live double lives. They say my film makes them feel like they aren’t alone.”

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