"Chasing Chasing Amy"
No other film meant more to a teenage Sav Rodgers than Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy. Fueled by his love of Ben Affleck films, Rodgers discovered Chasing Amy while growing up in Kansas, and the film’s LGBTQ+ themes helped him in his journey to identify as transgender. Smith’s comedy, about the romantic relationship that develops between two comic-book artists, Affleck’s Holden McNeil and Joey Lauren Adams’ lesbian Alyssa Jones, spoke to Rodgers on such a deep personal level that his love for the film manifested itself years later in the new documentary Chasing Chasing Amy. Rodgers’ documentary tells parallel stories, the first being the making of and the enduring problematic legacy of Chasing Amy both within and outside of queer cinema. The second tells of Rodgers’ appreciation for Chasing Amy both as a teenager and an adult as he documents his transition from his assigned sex at birth of female to male as well as examines his years-long relationship with his eventual wife Riley. The documentary includes interviews with Kevin Smith, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jason Lee as well as Smith’s former producer Scott Mosier and Go Fish star/co-writer/producer Guinevere Turner, whose romantic friendship initially inspired Chasing Amy. Chasing Chasing Amy will screen at 1:30 p.m. 27 at the Galaxy Theatres Austin during the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival’s Prism 36. The founder and executive director of the Transgender Film Center, Sav Rodgers makes his feature debut with Chasing Chasing Amy after directing the short narrative Queen for a Day and the short documentary Ad Astra Per Aspera. He also serves as a producer of the Clerks making-of narrative feature Shooting Clerks.
Aired: Aug, 22, 2023.