“Food For Thought” at The Linda


I’ve always believed the Capital District is lucky to have The Linda’s “Food for Thought” documentary film series.


Here’s what you missed on June 15th: The Linda showed Borderline, a brave documentary about borderline personality disorder. It focuses on the life of a 45-year-old woman and the issues with which she has been dealing. As it says on the documentary’s website:

the film is about a woman who has a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. The first time she tried to kill herself, she was five years old. Now she is 45 and hell-bent on trying to live – most of the time. She reacts on impulse, attacks, distracts, meditates, offers social commentary, trips over herself, laughs, judges, burns bridges, makes social gaffes, apologizes, loses her cool, philosophizes and remains dogged in her search for recovery.

Look for it online. Another one you may have missed was May’s offering, Becoming More Visible, a film produced and directed by Pamela French. This 2016 documentary traces the lives of four young people who are in the process of becoming their true selves, through the transgender process.

The four young adults are in different stages of the process. Catherine is struggling with cultural as well as identity issues. Although living with her family, she feels alone and rejected, as her family’s beliefs and values have hampered her progress in becoming who she is. Sean, on the other hand, has a very supportive family and has made great strides in his transformation. He has found both success and validation as a stand-up comedian. Morgin was formerly in the foster care system, which afforded the opportunity to undergo both transgender and cosmetic surgeries at no cost to her. She is a free spirit — outgoing and very comfortable in her new identity as a singer and model. Olivia is unhappy with her journey to become who she is. She aspires to be a model, but other issues, with family, medication, and friends, get in the way of her success.

Pamela French maintains contact with documentary participants, and is optimistic that they all will achieve their individual goals. Since only around 12 people were present to view the documentary at The Linda when it aired in May, the director suggested showing it again at a later date, when more people in the LGBTQ community could be present. Look for it!

As usual, our very own Honest Weight always provides the pre-documentary goodies.