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In France Michelle is a Man's Name

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In France Michelle is a Man's Name is a 2020 short film written and directed by Em Weinstein. This 12-minute film is set against the backdrop of the American West and explores fatherhood, rituals of male bonding, and what it means to identify as a trans man in contemporary America. The film premiered at Outfest in September 2020 and won the Grand Jury Prize [1] [2] [3] for U.S. Narrative Short. The film has screened at New Orleans Film Festival, AFI Fest, NewFest, Durango Independent Film Festival, image+nation, and NewFilmmakers. The film screened at Slamdance in February 2021. Due to its Grand Jury Prize win, In France Michelle is a Man's Name, entered into the pool of Academy Award-qualifying short films. Six directors of films from this pool, including Em Weinstein, were interviewed as part of the 'Oscars Contenders Showcase'[4] hosted by TheWrap and ShortsTV on February 2, 2021.


  • Ari Damasco as Michael
  • Jerry Carlton as Dad
  • Olga Sanchez as Mom
  • Tim Blough as Trucker
  • Dan Vhay as Bouncer
  • Genna McCallister as Tatiana
  • Neil Green as Jeff
  • Miss Prys as Georgia


In France Michelle is a Man's Name was filmed in The Dalles and Portland, Oregon. The film was created by a group of trans, female and queer filmmakers.


The film has received several accolades outside of its Grand Jury Prize[5] win at Outfest. Awards Daily listed it as one of the "best 20 films from Outfest,"[6] Free the Work interviewed writer/Director Em Weinstein and star Ari Damasco[7], and Film Threat listed the film as "socially-relevant."[8] Director Em Weinstein has been interviewed about their work on this film by shots[9] and The Portland Tribune[10]


  1. "Outfest Los Angeles 2020 Award Winners". Outfest. Outfest.
  2. "Outfest Announces 2020 Winners and Surprise 'Encore Week'". Advocate.
  3. "'In France, Michelle Is a Man's Name' Wins Outfest Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short". Little Black Book.
  5. "Filmmaker Focus: Em Weinstein". Panavision. Panavision. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  6. "The Best 20 Films From Outfest 2020". AwardsDaily. AwardsDaily. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  7. "Imagining New Masculinities". Free The Work. Free The Work. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  8. "4 Socially-Relevant Oscar-Qualified Short Films". Film Threat. Film Threat. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  9. Codega, Linda. "Em Weinstein's queer homecoming". shots. shots. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  10. Vondersmith, Jason. "Filmmaker with Oregon roots celebrates diversity trend". The Portland Tribune. The Portland Tribune. Retrieved 15 September 2020.

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