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TransFatty Lives (2015)

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At 30, Patrick O'Brien was TransFatty: NYC DJ, Internet personality, and filmmaker. Then he was diagnosed with ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's disease). Given 2 to 5 years to live, Patrick braves the unthinkable and turns his camera onto himself. Forcefully lacking self-pity, he captures the emotion, humor, and absurdity of real life as he makes art, gets political, falls in love, and fathers a son in this winner of the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. (c) FilmBuff

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There was an opportunity to explore in more depth the phenomenon of abandonment that many with debilitating diseases speak of - the people they thought would be there for the long haul fall away - but Mr. O'Brien doesn't take it.

December 27, 2015 | Full Review…

An unusually playful and emotionally involving first-person chronicle of serious illness.

November 23, 2015 | Full Review…

For much of the time, "TransFatty Lives" is an affirming rage against stillness, of any kind.

November 19, 2015 | Full Review…

A doc as vibrant as its auteur's mind, even as his body is rendered immobile.

November 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Deeply moving and rambunctiously funny.

November 16, 2015 | Full Review…

By its end, TransFatty Lives leaves no doubt that its hero not only lives to accept his state, but thrives on it.

November 16, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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