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      The Sound of Identity

      2020 1h 30m Documentary LGBTQ+ Music List
      91% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 99% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Following transgender opera star Lucia Lucas as she performs at the Tulsa opera, becoming the first known transgender woman to perform a principal role in opera history. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      David Reddish Queerty The Sound of Identity plays like a reminder to viewers everywhere: what an actor does on stage or screen has nothing do to with her real life. Rated: 3/4 Mar 13, 2022 Full Review Carla Hay Culture Mix [It's] a fairly straightforward and briskly paced film ... It's not a comprehensive biography ... Instead, The Sound of Identity is a capably made snapshot of what [Lucia Lucas] was like while preparing for and performing a pivotal opera in her career. Dec 30, 2021 Full Review JK Sooja Common Sense Media The main focus and star of The Sound of Identity, Lucas is captivating and commands the screen even when not singing. Rated: 4/5 Jul 30, 2021 Full Review Alexander Miller Film Inquiry It's a documentary with crisp execution, technical assertion, and a tendency for inspiration. Jun 19, 2021 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills As a 90-minute feature, though, The Sound of Identity feels like a paddleboat moving in circles in a duck pond-exhausting the viewer as it goes nowhere. Jun 4, 2021 Full Review Christopher Llewellyn Reed Hammer to Nail Everything comes together for a lovely celebration of the human spirit and the joyous variety of the human experience. Jun 2, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The Sound of Identity is an award-worthy documentary which serves as a crystalline reminder that although a performer is influenced by their past and present identities and experiences; the portrayal of a role is not constrained by these. Director, James Kicklighter, not only succeeds but is also victorious in capturing Lucia Lucas' portrayal of Don Giovanni at the Tulsa Opera. The storytelling successfully navigates that Ms. Lucas is a transgender woman without eclipsing that she is also a baritone who wields a gravity capable of drawing her audience to the very epicenter of emotion. In fact, it is more to the point to say Ms. Lucas is a world class operatic baritone who also happens to be a transgender woman. Given her performance, I am convinced Ms. Lucas could portray absolutely any role within her vocal range. Throughout the film, she is alternately powerful and genuinely vulnerable as she prepares for and promotes the production of Don Giovanni. She brings a refreshing perspective to the role of a quintessential rake and womanizer as he rushes headlong toward his own destruction. Particularly endearing in this film are the interactions between Ms. Lucas and Tulsa's Artistic Director, Tobias Picker. Their conversations show a tender and growing friendship in their work together to make history as the Tulsa Opera prepares for Ms. Lucas' American operatic debut as a transgender woman. Mr. Kicklighter is triumphant in depicting the journey without objectifying. I highly recommend and, if I could, would give far more than 5-stars! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member The storytelling, cinematography and subject matter were all just perfectly timed and executed. It takes twists and turns I didn't see coming and leaves you thinking about issues that you didn't think existed. Well well done. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderfully moving story and masterfully presented. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member This film was amazing! A great insight into how modern day opera is evolving. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member So vulnerable and captivating! From start to finish sound of identity keeps you on the edge of your seat as Lucia prepares for her role as Don Giovanni. Definitely worth a watch and I must see! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member If you think you already know what this documentary is about, you might want to silence your phone, sit back, turn on your TV, and actually spend the next 90 mins watching it. It's so much more than just a headline, it's beautiful, it's relevant and it's made for everyone. The film itself is a well-orchestrated dance among social equality, artistic creation, and identity. I hope more people can enjoy it as much as I did. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Following transgender opera star Lucia Lucas as she performs at the Tulsa opera, becoming the first known transgender woman to perform a principal role in opera history.
      James Kicklighter
      Russ Kirkpatrick
      Production Co
      Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions
      Documentary, LGBTQ+, Music
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 1, 2021
      1h 30m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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