Just Call Me Kade

2001 | Documentary / Gender / Mental Health / Parenting/Family / Relationships / Suicide / Transgender / Youth (18 & Under) | 26m | USA
Directors: Sam Zolten

Sam Zolten’s groundbreaking documentary follows Kade Farlow Collins, a sixteen year old trans youth residing in Tucson, Arizona. When Kade, who was born female, noticed his body transforming during puberty, he became nearly suicidal. Realizing that the issue was more complex than their child being a tomboy or a lesbian, the family searched for information. Through a local support group and the early ability of the the internet, Kade’s mother found books and other resources pertaining to trans identity. Kade and his family agreed to have their lives documented in order to bring awareness to the subject, and their raw emotions are on display as they provide access to the most intimate of stories.

Just Call me Kade begins during Halloween weekend, 1999. Kade (then “Kate”) was fourteen years old and beginning the initial stages of transition. Following a two year process, the film concludes during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, 2001 and Kade, having legally changed his name, is well into testosterone therapy. Friends and family candidly express their feelings about the transition, the changes in Kade, and the impact on everyone involved in this early documentation of a transgender youth's struggle to become his authentic self.

Reviews and Awards

Juror’s Award, Best Short-Film/Documentary, Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Finalist in the category of Adolescent Health, International Health & Media Medical Awards

Honorable Mention, National Council on Family Relations Annual Media Awards Competition in the Category of Sexuality and Sex Role Development

Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival

3rd Place Audience Award, Iowa City International Documentary Festival

Official Selection, National Women’s Studies Association Conference Film Series

Just Call Me Kade was a big hit. It beautifully portrays the challenges and inner workings of a young transgender person and his family … I highly recommend this film … they can rely on J Just Call Me Kade to instruct as well as open hearts.” —Bill Blackburn, workshop leader, “Developing a Greater Sensitivity and Understanding When Caring for the LGBT Patient Population”