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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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