Southern Comfort

Overview

Kate Davis' digitally shot documentary chronicles the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of terminal ovarian cancer in the backwoods of rural Georgia. Broken up into seasons, the feature introduces viewers to a community of transsexual persons (many of whom have received poor medical care), including Maxwell, Robert's best friend and sparring partner, and Lola Cola, a male-to-female transsexual who has become Robert's life partner after a lengthy friendship. Often regarded as...
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Overview

Kate Davis' digitally shot documentary chronicles the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of terminal ovarian cancer in the backwoods of rural Georgia. Broken up into seasons, the feature introduces viewers to a community of transsexual persons (many of whom have received poor medical care), including Maxwell, Robert's best friend and sparring partner, and Lola Cola, a male-to-female transsexual who has become Robert's life partner after a lengthy friendship. Often regarded as the patriarch of this small but tight clan, Robert finds that his cancer is accelerating; his loved ones all lend support, including his son, his parents, and his beloved granddaughter. When Robert can no longer care for himself, Lola decides to care for him full-time. The two prepare for the annual Southern Comfort conference, a yearly event created for transgendered individuals, where Robert and Lola have been selected to lead a panel, all while Robert's health is in jeopardy. Robert's final wish is granted when he is able to attend the event, joined by his nearest and dearest friends and Lola, his devoted lover.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Cast interviews; Exclusive photo gallery; Filmmaker and crew biographies; Filmmaker statement; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Kate Davis' remarkable, emotionally searing documentary earns its place as one of the strongest documentaries at the turn of the century not only because of its astute look at an underrepresented subculture, but in its open-hearted, utterly warm view of the subject. Using a formalist but heartfelt approach, Davis finds true intimacy with Robert Eads, introducing audiences to a fascinating and layered individual who sticks in the memory because of his sheer decency as a human being. More than being a chronicle of the injustices levied upon transsexuals -- who face discrimination and unfair medical treatment -- the film has a refreshing sense of honesty about Southern lifestyles and prejudice. It never succumbs to cheap sentimentality to get the viewer to empathize with the people portrayed. A fiercely intelligent filmmaker, Davis lets all of her work's extraordinary moments speak for themselves, and as a result, the film has an undeniable staying power; one feels better for having spent time with all the people onscreen. In a wonderful victory, Davis deservedly won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary feature at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • UPC: 767685953938
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,337

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Eads Interviewee
Lola Cola Interviewee
Maxwell Scott Anderson Interviewee
Technical Credits
Kate Davis Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Elizabeth Adams Producer
Joel Harrison Score Composer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [1:45]
2. Spring [5:13]
3. Time Is Running Out [10:25]
4. Summer [5:56]
5. Meeting the Friends [5:08]
6. Family Reunion [13:08]
7. True Love [8:59]
8. Fall [12:46]
9. Southern Comfort Conference [3:28]
10. My Chosen Family [9:42]
11. Winter [9:45]
12. Credits [1:23]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Deleted Scenes
         Robert on Maxwell
         Robert on Family
         Robert on the Medical Process
      Cast Interviews
         Lola
         Maxwell and Cori
      Filmmaker Statement
      Photo Gallery
         View Photo Gallery
         About the Photographer
      Awards & Honors
      Crew Biographies
         Kate Davis
         Elizabeth Adams
      About Docurama
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