FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, a documentary about growing up with a transgender parent, is explored with director Sharon Shattuck whose father, Trisha Shattuck, came out to her family as a transgender woman in 1986. Shattuck recounts her family’s experiences during Trisha’s transition from male to female and describes her changing perception of transgender identity, from her childhood to her marriage, in this uncensored BYOD interview hosted by Ondi Timoner.
From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of the most intimate of transformations. When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father’s transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage survived the radical changes that threatened to tear them apart. SHARON SHATTUCK is a filmmaker and animator. She’s the creator of the New York Times Op Docs series ‘Animated Life,’ which pairs stringent journalism and paper puppets. ‘Animated Life: Seeing The Invisible’ won a 2015 CINE Golden Eagle Award. Sharon’s first feature, ‘From This Day Forward,’ about growing up with a transgender parent, premiered at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and is in select theaters spring/summer 2016. She has designed and animated several award-winning documentary films and shorts, including the Emmy-nominated feature, The City Dark, which premiered at SXSW and aired on the 2012 POV series, and The Search For General Tso, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed through IFC/Sundance Selects, and the short film Truck Farm. Her short video and animation work has appeared in the New York Times, PBS, Slate, Vice, ProPublica, and Radiolab. She’s a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post and The Advocate, and has degrees in environmental science and journalism. She’s the co-founder of Sweet Fern Productions.