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Growing Up Coy

  • Cara Buckley, New York Times Jun 6, 2016

    “The film could not be timelier, with transgender issues at the fore...”

  • Nigel Smith, The Guardian Jul 19, 2016

    “...urgent viewing...more than a simple advocacy film..."

  • David Morgan, CBS News Jul 19, 2016

    “A notable world premiere”

  • Director Eric Juhola , Refinery 29 Jul 19, 2016

    “...(we want to) try to help people understand what the transgender experience is like. When you see Coy and you spend 82 minutes with her and her family, hopefully [you] come away with the fact that this is actually just an ordinary family who loves their kids and want the best for their kids. And Coy is really just a little girl who wants to be like all the other little girls and do everything else that any other little girl would want to do, including using the girls’ bathroom."

  • Michelle Orange​, The Village Voice Jul 19, 2016

    “Growing Up Coy depicts the difficulties of a Colorado family's attempt, in clashing with their school district over their transgender daughter's access to the girls' bathroom, to set a precedent for transgender rights”

  • Jesse Steinbach​, OUT Magazine Jul 19, 2016

    “Coy’s onscreen journey is...provocative, enlightening....”

  • Stephen Saito, The Moveable Feast Jul 19, 2016

    “...beyond becoming an important historical document, the film provides unique insight into what anyone who dares to stand up for their rights must endure when their fight becomes public”

  • Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Jul 19, 2016

    “...devastating and topical...a gorgeously made and breathlessly moving piece of work.”

  • Gary M. Kramer, Gay City News Jul 19, 2016

    “The film’s subjects all speak from their hearts, which is what makes this documentary so affecting.”

  • Daniel Walber​, NonFics Jul 19, 2016

    “...there is a very strong cohort of films that approach their subjects much more artfully, focusing on rich portraiture rather than narrow advocacy. The people themselves are no longer props, but fully fleshed out individuals who struggle with complicated situations. Look no further than Growing Up Coy, a new documentary from director Eric Juhola and producer Jeremy Stulberg (Broken Heart Land)...Growing Up Coy is, therefore, a fly in the banal ointment of the “issue film.” This isn’t The Case Against 8, with its glossy style and its conservative message. This isn’t a victory lap. It’s a real interrogation of what happens to those who take on the important legal battles of our time. Juhola and Stulberg ask the audience to quite seriously consider what we expect from our civil rights heroes, particularly the ones who don’t get to fly home to the big city after the battle. Their message is not simple or straightforward, but contemplative and admirably honest.”

  • Jonny Gottlieb, GAYLETTER Jul 19, 2016

    "Growing Up Coy play(s) an incredibly important role in raising awareness and providing a personal connection to an otherwise distant news story.”

  • Joe Kukura, SFist Jul 19, 2016

    "The bravest little soldier in the transgender bathroom access movement is Coy Mathis, a Colorado first-grader who won the right to use the girls bathroom in 2013...A poignant portrait of the a family whose persistence set of a national battle still being fought today, this documentary details the very personal and very public conflict they waged on behalf of the “thousands of Coys out there”

  • Gary M. Kramer, SF Bay Times Jul 19, 2016

    “Growing Up Coy thoughtfully takes a mostly observational approach to showing...the stresses of educating and fighting against discrimination and the negative reactions to sexual identity issues in pre-teens. The subjects all speak from their hearts, which is what makes this documentary so affecting.


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