Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas, the 2019 memoir by Dustin Lance Black, is being adapted as a feature-length documentary by acclaimed filmmaker and author Laurent Bouzereau (Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, Five Came Back).
Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas is the true story of Black—the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk, J. Edgar—and his mother, Anne, a conservative Mormon woman from the American South who as a child contracted polio, forcing her to endure brutal surgeries and leaving her reliant on braces and crutches for the rest of her life, but teaching her the strength of a family’s love. When Black came out to his mother at age twenty-one, they began another difficult journey together—one that would require them to overcome fears, misconceptions and divisions of belief, and teach them both enduring lessons about the power and necessity of communication and shared stories.
The documentary will follow Black as he returns to the South, to reconnect with his conservative family in Texas, as well as a journey back to the heart of the Mormon Church in Utah. It will center on the power of open dialogue and storytelling as essential human tools for building bridges, changing hearts and healing the wounds that have torn apart families, communities and countries.
“As a biographer on big screens and small, I believe that sharing our stories holds tremendous power," said Black. "I often say that it is those shared stories that have the power to change hearts, and it is those changed hearts that can shift minds and help heal communities and nations in need. My career thus far has been about sharing others’ brave and improbable tales. Now I feel it’s time to share mine. I’m honored to partner with Laurent to crack open my little family’s big American tale.”
Dustin Lance Black is an Academy Award winning filmmaker, writer and social activist. Early in his career, Black drew on his Mormon upbringing as a writer and co-producer on Playtone and HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated drama Big Love. He won the Oscar and two WGA Awards for his screenplay Milk and has also received plaudits for his work on J. Edgar and When We Rise, which Black created, produced and directed. He was also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which successfully led the federal cases for marriage equality in California and Virginia.
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