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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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