Director of the new film Paternal Rites, Jules Rosskam, currently teaching at University of Maryland, Baltimore, has created a first-person film examining the secret emotional underbelly of a contemporary Jewish-American family. On Friday, September 21st, from 8 to 10:30 pm, the Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore) will host the film’s local premiere.

Rosskam’s queer and transgender subjectivity is unmistakable as fragments of home movies of his childhood – iconic in their unremarkability – float to the surface of the screen, and the viewer hears audio recordings of contemporary conversations between Rosskam and Alex, who functions as Rosskam’s partner in life as well as in this project of decoding his past on screen.

Paternal Rites had its world premiere this past February at New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight film festival.

The event will feature a conversation with Rosskam and one of the film’s subjects, Alex Samets.

Tickets for Creative Alliance members are $7 in advance and $10 at the door, and $10 in advance for non-members, $13 at the door. Tickets are available online at

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