Recommended Film: “Mr Angel” SXSW Documentary Spotlight
Director Dan Hunt’s Mr. Angel is a deep dive into the essence of self identity and how that can run headlong into society’s predetermined definitions of sexuality and gender.
Shot over six years, the film follows Buck’s extraordinary life as a transgender advocate, educator, and porn pioneer.
While it may not be your cup of tea, it has a very strong message about identity in today’s society.
It’s morning in Mexico. Buck is feeding his 7 dogs. Trailed by the pack, he picks up photos & reveals his past. Buck was born female yet always knew he was male. Even his parents raised him as a boy until puberty. That’s when the conflict began escalating to drug addiction and suicide attempts. Buck fully transitioned to male when he underwent a double mastectomy. The film follows Buck as he creates a new genre in porn trying to change the belief that you need a penis to be a man. Not aware of their child’s fame are his parents whose participation is a moving reunion uncovering Buck’s early history. “Mr. Angel” packs a universal lesson of acceptance and is a portrait of an unlikely hero.