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.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
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.
“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.