Gun Hill Road

Gun Hill Road

Run Time: 88 min


Fri, Oct 7th, 7:00 PM


7:00 PM

An official selection of both the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and Frameline35, GUN HILL ROAD presents the story of a teen embracing her true self, a father unable to understand, and a mother trying desperately to keep her family together.

After a three-year stint in prison, Enrique Michael Rodriquez is heading back home to his family. Looking to reconnect with his son and namesake, Michael, and his wife, Angela, he is unprepared for the changes that developed during his absence. Enrique is shocked to find that his “baby boy” is transitioning into Vanessa.

While Vanessa struggles to balance school, her poetry, a new love interest, and a shifting family dynamic with her evolving gender identity, Enrique struggles with the pressure of staying gainfully employed and out of trouble to avoid returning to jail. Enrique lashes out at Vanessa, frightened of what is happening to his son, with the hope of saving Michael. As protective of his macho reputation as his wife is protective of their child, Enrique tries to find his place as a husband and a father to the wife and child who have made a decent life without him.

In his debut feature, director Rashaad Ernesto Green has created a complex and deeply moving family drama. With strong performances by Esai Morales (CAPRICA, MY FAMILY) as Enrique and Judy Reyes (SCRUBS, OZ) as Angela and a breakthrough performance by newcomer Harmony Santana as Vanessa/Michael, GUN HILL ROAD is a compelling portrait of a family in transition. — Elisa McGovern


2011 SW Gay & Lesbian Film Festival