With haunting suburban visuals backed by the rich sounds of Toronto based-band Ohbijou, Akin engages a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past.


  • WINNER:  EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist, Inside Out Film and Video Festival. Toronto, Ontario. June 2012.

  • WINNER: Jury Award, Regent Park Film Festival. Toronto, Ontario. November 2012.

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“Perfectly timed and sequenced, Akin is so resolutely personal in it’s detailing. Joynt points to a place, draws a circle around it, and then refuses to fill it in, restraint that leaves a powerful silence in which the viewer can inhabit."

Mike Hoolboom



  • Cannes International Film Festival, Short Film Corner. Cannes, France. 

  • Inside Out Film and Video Festival. Toronto, ON. 

  • Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. San Francisco, CA. 

  • Gender Reel. Philadelphia, PA. 

  • Access Gallery. Vancouver, BC.

  • University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC. 

  • Fresno's Reel Pride Film Festival. Fresno, CA. 

  • Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Albuquerque, NM. 

  • Pensacola LGBT Film Festival. Pensacola, FL. 

  • University of Chicago. Chicago, IL. 

  • CLOSE, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 

  • Rebels With A Cause Film Festival, York University. Toronto, ON. 

  • San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. San Francisco, CA. 

  • Spokane GLBT Film Festival. Spokane, WA. 

  • Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Seattle, WA. 

  • Regent Park Film Festival. Toronto, ON.


  • Emergence Festival of Queer Arts. London, ON.

  • Gender Reel. New York, NY.

  • New York University. New York, NY.


  • Harvard University. Boston, MA.

  • Simmons College. Boston, MA. 

  • Lesbisch Schwule Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany.

  • Bent Lens, “A Decade of Local Heroes” at TIFF Lightbox. Toronto, ON.

  • Level Ground Film Festival. Los Angeles, CA.

  • Ann Arbor Film Festival. Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. 


  • ReelOut Film Festival. Kingston, ON. 

  • Bangalore Queer Film Festival. Bangalore, India. 

  • Melbourne Queer Film & Video Festival. Melbourne, Australia.

  • BFI London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. London, UK. 

  • Translations Film Festival. Seattle, WA. 

  • Chennai Rainbow Film Festival. Chennai, India. 

  • Parkdale Film and Video Showcase, Toronto, ON. 

  • North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival. Durham, NC. 

  • Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival. Milwaukee, WI. 

  • Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston, MA.