Frameline's 2018 'Youth in Motion' films spotlight trans youth

Frameline has just released the next collection of films in their Youth in Motion program, "Creating Home: Queer Identities, Families, and Spaces." This newest edition focuses on the experiences of transgender youth, the complexities of family - both given and found, as well as the importance of community support and acceptance in rural and urban areas. Keeping to Frameline’s goal of reaching students and educators within the community, this entire collection is also available online for free.  Since the program's creation in 2008, Frameline has created numerous collections that continually push the voices of LGBTQ people to the forefront. Frameline Executive Director Frances Wallace stated that, “We are proud of how Youth in Motion is impacting this space, and the dialogue it brings to each community, making positive and life-affirming change possible for queer youth.”

The two films for this year’s collection are:


Deep Run eloquently portrays the life of a trans teen in North Carolina. While the film explores some of the hardships faced by 17-year-old Cole, his continual resilience is what lines this film with such a feeling of hope. Cole turns to his faith where he “finds the courage to move forward with his journey as a trans man.” Executive-produced by Susan Sarandon, this is the first film from Hillevi Loven.


Walk for Me, written and directed by Elegance Bratton, follows the life of Hassan, a young New York teenager who is just starting to explore their gender identity. After their mother discovers women’s clothes and a flier for the local Gay Ball, she confronts Hassan. Ultimately, Hassan’s mother must choose between accepting her child for who they are, or turning them away for good. Walk for Me is a film that tackles how complex family dynamics can be within your family of origin, and when building a chosen family.

Frameline’s Youth in Motion program now reaches people in all 50 states, and supports over 25,000 students in schools across the country. Previous collections have included: Resistance & Resilience: QTPOC Local to Global (including Call Me Kuchu, ​recipient of a GLAAD Media Award​ for Outstanding Documentary), ​Visibility through Activism: The Legacy of Vito Russo (a co-founder of GLAAD), ​Telling Our  Stories, ​Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front, and ​In the Family: Marriage Equality and  LGBT Equality.

This 2018 collection coincides with Youth In Motion’s 10-year anniversary.