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Kimberly Reed’s film Prodigal Sons has been hailed as “riveting,” “exceptional,” and “genius” by critics and was a New York Times and NY Magazine Critics’ pick for its gripping story about estranged brothers in a Montana town.

The film will be screened at the Fair Grinds Coffeehouse (3133 Ponce de Leon) on Friday (April 8) at 7 p.m. as part of the New Orleans Afrikan Film and Arts Festival Project. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged

Reed tells her true story of transition from star high school quarterback Paul McKerrow to a lesbian filmmaker, as well as her struggle to reconnect with her estranged adopted brother Marc, with whom — as Paul — she always had a sibling rivalry. Along the way, she finds unsuspected family connections with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.

The film won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at NewFest, New York’s LGBT film festival, a prize for Fearless Filmmaking at the Florida Film Festival and one for Bravery in Storytelling at the Nashville Film Festival. It also won the Fipresci Prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Athens, Greece.

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