Becoming Leslie

Told with unapologetic humor, Becoming LESLIE is a portrait that follows the life of a vagabond who became a cultural icon. Known only as “Leslie,” he shined a satirical light on police accountability and was a liberating shape-shifting mirror for many -- a personification of pure self-expressionism.

At the height of his fame, Leslie was found left for dead, leaving the entire city in shock. After cheating death, he makes a comeback but the real struggle begins as his efforts to preserve his own identity are paralleled with that of a rapidly changing city.

Becoming LESLIE offers a unique look into life of a man on the streets searching for peace and a true sense of home.

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Tracy Frazier



Director: Tracy Frazier
Executive Producer: Austin Tighe, Louis Black, Christian Archer
Producer: Lauren Barker, Michelle Randolph Faires, Ruby Martin
Screenwriter: Sandra Guardado, Tracy Frazier
Cinematographer: Russell O. Bush, Lee Daniel
Editor: Sandra Guardado
Music: Ian Moore
Principal Cast: Leslie Cochran, Ruby C. Martin, Alice Cochran Masterson, Valerie Romness, Bob Biard, Cindy Brettschneider, Jonny Mars


Public Film Contact
Tracy Frazier
Freckled Fanny Films
Publicity Contact
Kristen O'Brien

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Biography, Documentary, LGBTQ, Mature/Adult
Screening Section: Visions
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 84:00 mins