Catalogue Number: PR4712
Producer: Passion River Films
Producing Agencies: Freckled Fanny Films, LLC
Subject: Biography, Documentary, Gender Studies, Guidance, Health, Politics, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 84:18
Told with unapologetic humor, Becoming "LESLIE" is a portrait exploring the life of Albert Leslie Cochran - a cross-dressing misfit who drifted into the heart of Texas and became a beloved cult icon. On a three-wheeled bicycle hitched to a trailer, Leslie pedaled his way across the country from Miami, Florida only to land in the free-spirited city of Austin, Texas. While standing outside a grocery store and donning a bikini, the infuriated store management hosed him down. Never one to back down, Leslie single-handedly protested the store, thus igniting his activist career, and ironically began to shine a unique light on the pervasive treatment of the homeless.
His fame quickly grew and he became a (wo)man of the people, known for speaking out about police accountability and people listened. Known only as “Leslie,” he became the most unlikely civic symbol of radical self-expression and free speech. After three mayoral races, Leslie meets artist and hairstylist Ruby Martin in 2005 who begins filming him in her beauty salon and they develop a friendship. She is captivated by his confidence and contradiction – the bearded face, breasts, flirty skirt and high heels. She is our guide into Leslie’s eccentric and troubled world, seeking to understand the complexity of the human condition through the life of a beloved yet polarizing icon.
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