True Son

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:20
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 18:30
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Kevin Gordon


This passionate and inspirational documentary follows 22-year old Michael Tubbs and his campaign for a seat on City Council in Stockton, California, a city riddled with financial crisis and crime rates rivaling Afghanistan. For Michael, a Stockton native born to a teenage mother and incarcerated father, engaging with youth is crucial to solving Stockton’s problems. After graduating from Stanford University, Michael returns home and rallies hundreds of youth to join his movement to Reinvent Stockton.

Themes: racism, abuse of power, community building, grassroots organizing and activism, family, self-determination, and poverty

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Classification: PG - Coarse Language 

Recommended for ages 13+

Preceded byMilitant Mothers

Note: This film screens as part of TALENT LAB for Secondary Schools. The Talent Lab screening of True Son is followed by a discussion with Militant Mothers filmmaker Gordon McLennan, and Kevan Cameron a Vancouver poet, community organizer and creative director of Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective and contributor to the Black Strathcona project. Michael Tubbs, Stockton City Councilor and subject of the documentary True Son will also be available post-screening to answer questions via Skype. True Son is in competition and will be adjudicated by an adult jury and a youth jury, it is also R2R's Closing Night Film. 

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Kevin Gordon is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco. He has directed numerous award-winning shorts including Dreams Awake, recipient of a 2010 Student Academy Award. He has worked on productions for Discovery, PBS, Facebook and the New York Times. Kevin received his M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University and a B.A. in History from Yale University. 'True Son' is his feature-length directorial debut.