The Documentary, “Mr. Angel” tells the Fearless Story of Buck Angel, “The Man with a Pussy” By Steve V. Rodriguez

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The new documentary now making it’s way through progressive film festivals, like CineKink in New York, “Mr. Angel” is a fascinating and eye opening story of Buck Angel, a trans-man who has physically manifested his true self and labeled himself, ‘The Man with a Pussy.” Told over a six year period, the engrossing documentary’s success is due to filmmaker, Dan Hunt’s narrative style of telling Angel’s story, which is a melange of triumphant moments, mixed with harsh realities due to our subject’s issues with becoming a man, family issues, drug addiction and health concerns. The film couldn’t be more timely, as transgendered people continue to make their way into popular culture, which is allowing and creating a greater overall awareness and sensitivity to this growing community.

The other reason for this film’s captivating factor is Buck Angel, himself, who is downright likable and takes his audience on his personal journey to being his true self. We learn early on that Angel became a man with an extreme masculine identity sporting a shaved head, piercings, multiple tattoos and facial hair. What elevates this transgender tale to a deeper discussion is the open and explicit dialogue about Buck’s career in porn, and how he doesn’t feel any less of a man, because of he has a vagina, and no penis.

Through global speaking engagements, personal appearances and the films Buck has made in porn, the audience discovers the impact he has made educating people about the trans community, with an emphasis on sexuality. With a wife by his side, Elayne Angel, who is a body piercer and possesses a multitude of piercings herself, the couple is shown in many ordinary situations like taking care of their slew of dogs and shopping at the local farmer’s market near their home in Mexico. The love and mutual support that Buck and Elayne show is very touching, especially against the backdrop of Buck’s sometimes unpredictable developments.

When Hunt’s film isn’t focusing on the effectiveness of opening our eyes to an open and honest look at sexuality, particularly, one that most people are unfamiliar with, he’s digging deeper into Angel’s past growing up with a family that didn’t have the tools or compassion to understand Angel’s identity. This lack of understanding and support by Buck’s family, leads Angel on a destructive path of self-mutilation, depression and drug abuse.

“Mr Angel” is a mesmerizing tale of a new kind of hero. A hero that embraces his sexuality and wants to educate and ignite necessary discussions around the world. Buck is a 21st century hero who, thanks to Hunt’s film, will open up the mind’s to a larger audience. “Mr. Angel” will play in the CineKink Film Festival on Friday, March 1st at 8:30 PM, at the Anthology Film Archives: 32 Second Avenue (@ 2nd Street), NYC.  For tickets visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinekink-nyc-2014-tickets-9613880375 or visit: http://cinekink.com/

About CineKink:

CineKink NYC returns for its eleventh annual appearance on Tuesday, February 25th, bringing with it a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the festival also include a short film competition, presentations, audience choice awards, a fund-raising kick-off gala and a concluding afterglow party.

Billing itself as “the kinky film festival,” the event will run February 25-March 2, 2014. Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.