Kimberly Reed Shares Family Drama and Tragedy in “Prodigal Sons” at the I.P. Stanback Museum

Thursday, April 7, 2011

SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium (The Stanback) is excited to present “Prodigal Sons” on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at The Stanback, with producer/director Kimberly Reed as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Following a screening of her feature film, “Prodigal Sons,” Reed and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker.

Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc, but along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including a surprise relationship to Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries, and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that force them to face challenges no one could imagine. Each sibling struggles to reconcile their new identity with a complex traditional past; a powerful and poignant story of an entire family’s transformation unfolds. “Prodigal Sons” takes the basic question of nature versus nurture and injects it full of hormones as it follows three siblings — a transgender woman, a gay man and their adopted brother. 


Reed studied cinema at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif. and San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Calif.  “Prodigal Sons” is her first feature-length documentary film and marks her coming out, in more ways than one. Reed is recognized as the first transgender feature filmmaker. She was selected for the Yaddo Artists’ Community and Al Gore’s Current TV Symposium on the Future of Non-Fiction Film. Her work has been featured for four consecutive years at IFP’s Independent Film Week, and she was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine.

For additional information about The Stanback, contact Ellen Zisholtz, director, at (803) 536-7174 or Ingrid Owens, program manager, at (803) 536-8329.