MAMA'S BOY (Opening Night Film & Party) - NewFest


Academy Award®-winner Dustin Lance Black explores his upbringing and pays powerful tribute to his mother, who became the inspiration for his activism


Opening Night Film

HBO original documentary MAMA’S BOY centers around the upbringing of the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of MILK, Dustin Lance Black. Traveling back to the places where he grew up, Black explores his childhood roots, gay identity, and close relationship with his mother, who overcame childhood polio, abusive marriages, and Mormon dogma while becoming Black’s emotional rock and, ultimately, the inspiration for his activism.

With a wealth of personal photographs and candid memories from Black’s family, colleagues, and friends, MAMA’S BOY embraces the personal to tell a universally hopeful tale of resilience and reconciliation through the power of love and shared stories.

Main photograph by Travers Jacobs

All tickets to the Opening Night Film include an invitation to the Opening Night Party at Slate (54 W 21st St, New York, NY) following the screening. Opening Night Party featuring music by DJ Ushka.


Laurent Bouzereau


Dustin Lance Black


Dustin Lance Black



7:00 PM - SVA - Silas