‘Relish‘ will shine a light on the struggles of being a transgender teenager.
A ground-breaking motion picture has been announced that will focus on a group of teenagers and the struggles they face.
‘Relish’ comes from writer and director Justin Ward, who is perhaps most known for ‘The Meanest Man in Texas’.
The film will tell the story of five teenage outcasts who escape a private treatment facility. Led by a rebellious transgender male, the group embarks on a life-changing road trip – ultimately discovering they have a lot more in common than they could have imagined.
Not only will the film feature a transgender male as a prominent character, but the role will be played by Tyler DiChiara, a female-to-male transgender actor. Ward believes the casting adds a real sense of authenticity to the film and is particularly timely given the current social climate.
‘Relish’ will tackle a realm of sensitive subjects such as gender identity, mental health, anxiety, sexism, and assault, which will show how the group of teenagers connect with one another amidst these issues.
Speaking of the film, Ward says:
At its core, this is a story about unity and acceptance, and the freedom to be yourself. I wanted to create a diverse cast of outcast characters, who suffer the real issues teens face today, and then take them on a wild road trip that brings them together.
Also cast in the film are Mateus Ward (‘Murder in the First’), Hana Hayes (‘Insidious: The Last Key’) and James Morrison (’24’).
MANM Productions’ Terry Nardozzi is on board as producer – her first feature film following her Tony Award nominated success in Broadway. She says:
What drew me to this project was the talent, both behind the camera, and in front, and the themes that are so relevant. It’s a coming of age story in an age of social media and gender identity. Are we who the world sees us as, or are we who we see ourselves as? But it is also a story of kids just wanting to be kids and relish life.
As a producer who is a woman, it is extremely important to me at this point in time to support and promote strong characters in a non-biased, gender-based way.
Production of the movie will be supported by Brad Wilson, CEO of Higher Purpose Entertainment, and will be released in the near-future. Filming is currently taking place in Los Angeles.