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MIPCOM Picks ’15 Best in Show: TransFatty Lives

Patrick O'Brien, better known in Internet circles as TransFatty, was making waves as a millennial media maven, when in 2005, his life was irrevocably changed with a diagnosis of ALS.
September 2, 2015


Partners: Produced by Handsome Cargo; distributed by Film Buff and ro*co films
Length: 1 x 85/1 x 60 minutes
Premiered: April 2015 (Tribeca Film Festival)
Rights available: All rights excluding U.S.
Patrick O’Brien, better known in Internet circles as TransFatty, was making waves as a millennial media maven, a DJ and the filmmaker behind such DIY flicks as UFO Mofo and Born Again Porn Star. In 2005, his life was irrevocably changed with a diagnosis of ALS, and news that he would have only two to five years left to live. This doc follows O’Brien’s efforts to move beyond the diagnosis, fulfill lifelong dreams – falling in love, having a child – and keep his trademark irreverent nature intact, while dealing with the inevitable progression of the disease.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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