Unlike other films by award-winning producer Sharon Shattuck, From This Day Forward shares her family’s story about exploring a deeper understanding of love, acceptance and commitment toward a transgendered loved one. The film comes to the Salida SteamPlant Event Center Monday, Feb. 20.
The film’s title takes on a double meaning as Shattuck sets the story of her parents’ marriage against the backdrop of of her own wedding and questions how her parents stayed together, even when her father came out as a woman and took the name Trisha. The film offers a rare glimpse into human understanding and the meaning of self-identity.
Shattuck focuses the camera lens on the art and words of Trisha, a prolific painter, to give insight into Trisha’s thoughts and emotions during her transition. “I think we still, sort of, are finding our own way,” Trisha says.
Since its release more than a year ago, From This Day Forward has raised awareness about transgender identity. Yet the film is a wonderful example of artistic storytelling that grapples with universal emotions and has won awards at the Anchorage and Freep film festivals. Viewers can expect to experience a bit of what we all mean to each other.
Following the screening, a representative of One Colorado, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization, will lead a discussion about issues raised in the film.
Sellars Project Space and KHEN Community Radio are presenting the film. Sellars Project Space has already screened two of Shattuck’s films, The Search for General Tso and Emmy-nominated The City Dark.
KHEN was founded in part with a grant from the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, which endeavors to educate the public “that LGBT people share the same values and are committed to working together with all Coloradans to build a better Colorado,” according to the fund’s website.