A documentary film portrait of a transgender youth produced and directed by Lori Petchers, of Fairfield, will debut on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Margaret Mead Film Festival. The film, "A Self-Made Man," presents a candid and compassionate portrait of Tony Ferraiolo, who has made it his life's work to counsel children, teens and their parents through the journey from awareness through transition to the opposite gender through hormones and surgery.

The 56-minute documentary spares no details about the transformation. The screening is at 7:30 p.m.at the Linder Theatre at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, and is co-presented by NewFest and the Trevor Project.

Petchers, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant in Film/Video from the state of Connecticut and a New England Emmy nomination.

Ferraiolo is a transgender youth advocate in New Haven, and founder of several groups that support transgender and gender nonconforming youth and their families.

For tickets, visit http://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films-a-z/a-self-made-man.

To view a trailer of the film, link to http://aselfmademanfilm.com/Trailer.html.