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The Real Life Test: Screening and Q&A

  • Individual Artists of Oklahoma - IAO Gallery 706 West Sheridan Avenue Oklahoma City, OK, 73102 United States (map)

Join us for an event 16 years in the making...

A private screening of
The Real Life Test
a film by Peter Hermes
starring Paula Sophia Schonauer

5pm + 8pm
There will be a Q+A with the director and star immediately following the 5pm showing


The Real Life Test

In 2002 filmmaker Peter Hermes began interviewing Paula Sophia Schonauer, a woman going through the ‘Real Life Test’ period of her transition, about her experience as a transgender person in Oklahoma City. This was a very tumultuous time in Paula’s life and the camera served as a much need sounding board as she navigated the treacherous waters of transitioning in a very conservative state.
For the next 16 years, Peter continued talking with Paula and those closest to her about her life, her children, her faith, her career, and ultimately her run for public office. Those interviews eventually became the feature-length documentary The Real Life Test.
The film is an intimate look at Paula Sophia’s life. From adversary to triumphs and everything in-between, The Real Life Test is part biography, part call-to-action, and a reminder to always live your truth.