Steve Zahn stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile, police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s

family. Cowboys, a modern Western movie from director Anna Kerrigan, is a tale of rescue, family betrayal, and a father and son on the run. Cowboys premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival last year where Zahn was awarded the Best Actor award and Kerrigan won Best Screenplay. The film is releasing in virtual cinemas and on video-on-demand on Friday, February 12.

This is the story of talented teen artist Brendon Scholl, whose art has been a vital outlet for self-expression. From coming out as trans non-binary and consequently attempting suicide, to becoming an advocate … this intimate portrait of Brendon and their supportive family’s trials dives deep into what was endured and overcome in this heartwarming journey of acceptance. “Talking about your identity as a person – sexual preference has to do with who you go to bed with, and your identity is who you go to bed as,” states Brendon’s mother, Leslie Ann Lopez. Draw With Me was created in partnership with The Trevor Project and


powered by the Onassis Foundation. The film has had a wonderful impact on the LGBTQ movement having been presented at Tribeca Film Festival with the support of GLAAD, having been the subject of the first-ever panel at the United Nations on transgender health. National Coming Out Day marked a milestone for the film when President Joe Biden supported the LGBTQ movement in an award show that screened Draw With Me and honored Brendon with the Revry Visibility Award presented by Jennifer Lopez. “The film is important and timely in its story and message, and can have a huge impact,” Lopez said in the film. “It’s a story that is very close to my heart, because it is a family affair. It’s about accepting change and challenges with love, and that knowing when we do, everything is possible.” “Although I knew that telling this story came with a lot of responsibility, I

felt ready and the family truly made me feel safe and comfortable in doing so,” director Constantine Venetopoulos said. “The entire family joined as one in supporting Brendon and the film. What I truly believe drew me to the story, though, was Brendon’s confidence in knowing who they were at such a young age and being ready to use their experience as a tool for other youth who were struggling with their identity and coming out. I thought ‘I wish I had someone like Brendon to talk to when I was struggling in the closet as a kid.’” An advocate for acceptance, Brendon has expanded their artistry beyond drawings and painting, and is now a sophomore in college studying acting. Brendon’s message for all those whose family, friends or co-workers may be trans is simple and clear: “Believe us when we say who we are.”

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