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Boulder JFS Presents Seventh Annual Reel Hope Boulder

Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS) will host its seventh annual fundraiser, “Reel Hope Boulder” on Saturday, November 2 at the Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Avenue. Guests will enjoy a poignant and heart-warming evening filled with laughter and fun with Boulder-based screenwriter and director Duncan Tucker, who created the thought-provoking film, “Transamerica,” about a transitioning transsexual woman who learns she fathered a now-teenaged son.

The evening’s schedule will be:

7:00 pm:  Sponsor reception with Duncan Tucker for all sponsors
7:30 pm:  Wine reception with hors d’oeuvres
8:30 pm:  Program

Sponsorships start at $540 and tickets are $90. All proceeds support the life-transforming work of Boulder JFS. For sponsorships, tickets, and more information, visit www.jewishfamilyservice.org/reelhope or contact Cathy Summer at 720.749.3404.

The Reel Hope Boulder committee members are: Molly Bayer, Carolyn Bleicher, Jill Alyse Davis, Susan Edelman, Steven Ellis, Deb Grojean, Alan Hurst, Ardee Imerman, Michelle Krajl, Lilya Mitelman, Meg Quiat, Heidi Schoen, Mark Schwartz, Gail Sloat, Barbara Steinmetz, Evie Verderber, Ed Victor, Rhonda Wildman, Mary Ann Wilner, and Barbara Zeidman.

Transamerica movie posterIn addition, Boulder JFS will host a screening of Transamerica on Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. at The Boedecker Theatre at The Dairy Arts Center. Reel Hope Boulder attendees are encouraged to attend this screening and bring their questions about the movie for Tucker to answer on November 2. More details about purchasing movie tickets are available at www.jewishfamilyservice.org/reelhope.

About Duncan Tucker

Duncan TuckerDuncan Tucker was born in Kansas City and grew up in deep red America, shuttling between KC and Phoenix, Arizona. He fled as soon as he was able and attended several small liberal arts colleges before graduating from New York University.

He spent most of his adult life in downtown Manhattan, back in the days when it could still be called bohemian, where he wrote stories, made art, and eventually learned how to make a decent living. When decency lost its allure, he decided to combine his lifelong love of stories, pictures, and music by making a movie.

He then wrote, produced, and directed Transamerica, a feature film that owes its life to the generosity and bravery of the many trans women who shared their stories. Transamerica premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Siegessaüle Jury Prize for best film. The film went on to garner critical acclaim as well as two Golden Globe nominations, including a win for Felicity Huffman as best actress, and two Oscar nominations. Transamerica also won the GLAAD media award and the Equality California Entertainment Award.

While the film was screening at Cannes Film Festival and selling well internationally, Duncan realized he was not going to lose his shirt. He thereupon decided to fulfill a second lifelong dream: to start a family. He now lives in Boulder, where he is busy raising three impossible children (having been blindsided by twins the second time around).

About Boulder JFS

Boulder JFS believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to people in need. Every day, JFS helps people overcome difficult life challenges to reach their full potential. Boulder JFS helps older adults maintain a high quality of life through programs and services that keep them supported, connected, and engaged. Services include care management, homemaker services, counseling, companionship, emergency assistance, and holiday celebrations. JFS serves people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, and abilities. For more information, call 303.415.1025 or visit www.jewishfamilyservice.org/boulder. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

About Alaina Green

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for Jewish Family Service of Colorado

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