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Coming Out Again
Dir. Paul Schneider, 1986, USA, 90 mins, 35mm
Special introduction by filmmaker and archivist Jenni Olson
Imagine an ABC Afterschool Special with a queer sensibility and a sophisticated sense of humor and you might arrive at Willy/Milly. A young Pamela Adlon (then Seagall) stars as a teenaged girl who gets her wish and magically transforms into a boy. As Willy, Milly gets a taste of what life is like for the opposite sex: his girlfriend develops a different kind of interest in him, as does his new pal Alfie… Playing extensively on homoerotic potential and having fun with traditional gender roles, the film disappeared from view following a brief release in 1986—and has been unseen theatrically since. With an outstanding Patty Duke as Milly’s mother.