Tomboy

Image from the animation “Tomboy”, directed by Barb Taylor, written by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

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Inquiries

contact producer Barb Taylor at barbctaylor@hotmail.com for info about screening the film

visit the tomboy website and facebook page

contact the Toronto Women’s Bookstore for an individual copy of the film (416) 922-8744 or visit their website to shop online

contact V-Tape to purchase an institutional copy
email: info@vtape.org
phone: (416) 351-1317
fax: (416) 351-1509

Synopsis

Image from the animation “Tomboy”, directed by Barb Taylor, written by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

“Tomboy” is an animated 14 minute video based on the book Are You A Boy or a Girl? by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez. This book was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award 2000 (U.S.). Geared to 5 to 9 year old girls, “Tomboy” looks at an incident in a Latina-Canadian girl’s life where she is bullied for her tomboy ways. This story is original in its direct comment on the issue of nonconforming gender expression. While the message of the film is serious, there are many comedic moments as the story unfolds and the children discuss what makes a boy or girl. Alex (short for Alejandra) loves soccer, the colour red, and playing the trumpet. The other kids think those are “boy” things and tease her mercilessly.

Image from the animation “Tomboy”, directed by Barb Taylor, written by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

After running home in tears, her mom reassures her that she is great just the way she is. “Tomboy” creates a genuine portrayal of a young Latina boy-girl. Favouring art over dogma, the story is relayed through a young tomboy’s matter-of-fact presentation, coupled with her mother’s love. The story reflects the scriptwriter Karleen’s own childhood experience, growing up with a self-identified “Hispanic” mother, along with the nurturing she offered her daughter’s baby butch body.

Image from the animation “Tomboy”, directed by Barb Taylor, written by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

Tomboy builds on Director Barb Taylor’s previous visual art and music practices, seeking to push the boundaries of how women are represented in popular culture. “Tomboy” expands what gender can mean and recognizes the specific ways children conduct themselves as gendered beings in the world.

Production/Development Awards and Grants

EGALE, Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal, Shaw Rocket Fund, CBC Canadian Reflections Award

Screening Awards

Best of Festival Austin Women’s Film and Literary Festival, 2008
Jury Award (Up-and-Coming Toronto Film Maker) Inside Out Film Festival Film Festival, 2008
Honorable Mention (Animation) Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, 2008
Jury Award (Best Animation/Experimental Short), and Audience Award (Best Animation/Experimental Short) Reeling 2008: The 27th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Animation Urban Mediamakers Film Festival Jury, 2009
Award for Animation Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, 2009
Best Independent Short Animated, Ages 5-8, 3rd place Kids First!
Best Web Animation Savannah International Animation Festival, 2010

Bibliographic info

Taylor, B. (Co-Director), Parkin, W. (Co-Director), & Pendleton Jiménez, K. (Writer). (2008). Tomboy [children’s animated short film]. Canada: Coyle Productions.

Review

Urquijo-Ruiz, R. E. (2009). Tomboy. Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, 8 (1-2), 60-64.

Screenings

No Outsiders: Researching Approaches to Sexualities Equality in Primary Schools
School Screenings
England, UK
2008

Family Day
Family Festival Activity
Toronto City Hall
Toronto, ON, Canada
February 2008

Festival de Cannes
Short Film Corner
May 2008

Austin Women’s Film and Literary Festival
Film Festival
Austin, TX, USA
June 2008

Inside Out Film Festival
Film Festival
Toronto, ON, Canada
June 2008

Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
Academic Institute
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
July 2008

Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival
Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 2008

Continental Drift Film Festival
Film Festival
St. Johns, NB, Canada
September 2008

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Film Festival
Chicago, IL, USA
October 2008

Baltimore Women’s Film Festival
Film Festival
Baltimore, MD, USA
October 2008

Nuit Blanche
OTHER
Toronto, ON, Canada
October 2008

Reel Affirmations
Film Festival
Washington DC, USA
October 2008

LA Femme Film Festival
Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA, USA
October 2008

KIDS FIRST! FilmFestival 2008
Film Festival
Sante Fe, NM + others, USA
October 2008

Miami Short Film Festival
Film Festival
Miami, FL, USA
November 2008

Reeling 2008: The 27th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival
Film Festival
Chicago, IL, USA
November 2008

Regent Park Film Festival
Film Festival
Toronto, ON, Canada
November 2008

Reframe: Peterborough International Film Festival
Film Festival
Peterborough, ON, Canada
January 2009

Reflections
Television
CBC Television
February 2009

Reel Women International Film Festival
Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA, USA
March 2009

London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Film Festival
London, England, UK
March-April 2009

Orlando Hispanic Film Festival
Orlando, FL
September 2009

8th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
Film Festival
Norcross, GA, USA
October 2009

Cineffable Film Festival
Paris, France
November 2009

Octaedro Festival
Film Festival
Ecuador
February 2010

Printemps lesbien de Toulouse
Cultural Festival
Toulouse, France
Spring 2010

Savannah International Film Festival
Film Festival
Savannah, GA, USA
February 2010