Project Description

Why Can’s I Be Me? Around You (2010)

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Renowned Art Car artist Harrod Blank’s camera-covered van breaks down near Albuquerque, NM. The only mechanic capable of fixing it is local drag racer and machining savant Russell “Rusty” Tidenberg. Rusty recently began to transition by getting breasts. While Rusty works, Harrod learns that Rusty’s boss (father) cut his pay, his biker friends rejected him, and women won’t date him now. Struck by his story, Harrod films Rusty for eight years. Other gender-non-binary Art Car artists that Harrod meets shed further light on gender identity in America. The film follows Rusty on this difficult journey of embracing and exhibiting both genders, while still hoping for acceptance, and love.


World Premiere at SXSW March 11, 2019

Salem Film Festival, Salem MA March 31, 2019

Ashland Independent Film Festival, Ashland OR April 11-14

Mill Valley Film Festival October 5 & 12, 2019