Texas Focus: Becoming Leslie

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 84 min. | Documentary

February 27, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the documentary film Becoming Leslie.

Leslie Cochran, one of the most beloved yet polarizing cult figures of Austin, Texas is the focus of Becoming Leslie. Told with unapologetic humor, Leslie's meteoric rise to iconic status is starkly contrasted with living life on his own terms in a changing world.

Event Details

Becoming Leslie is a documentary that reveals the inner and bizarre world of Albert Leslie Cochran, a rebellious, cross-­dressing homeless man who became the most unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas. The film chronicles the nomadic life and steady career of a misfit turned a cultural icon while searching for love and a true sense of home. Through Leslie, one man’s efforts to preserve his own identity are paralleled with the collective struggle of a rapidly changing city. 

A cinematic exploration of the Texas narrative, the Museum's Texas Focus Film Series highlights stories by, for, and about Texans. This season's selections center around films made in Austin. This evening's program includes a film screening and Q&A with director Tracy Frazier. Come early at 6:00pm for complimentary coffee and treats. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m

Please note: Initial entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors.

Your ticket purchase supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 18+
Director | Producer | Co-writer: Tracy Frazier
Producers: Michelle Randolph Faires, Lauren Barker
Producer | Additional Camera: Ruby C. Martin
Editor | Co-writer: Sandra Guardado
Runtime: 84 min.
Genre: Documentary
Release year: 2019

About the Guest Speaker

Tracy Frazier began in the editing department on the documentary Slam Planet: War of the Words (2006). In that same year she transitioned into production as an assistant director on Kat Candler’s feature film Jumping Off Bridges and later produced two short films while working at the Austin Film Society supporting the finance department. In 2007, she pivoted to join her husband in opening a specialized fitness facility and it was during that time that she met artist and stylist Ruby Martin. In 2010, the two joined forces to create Becoming Leslie to tell Leslie’s story. Currently, Tracy combines her background in entrepreneurship, film, and accounting to work on My 600 Lb Life (TLC) and UFOs: The Lost Evidence (Travel Channel). Past production accounting work includes Shipping Wars (A&E), Houdini’s Last Secrets (Science Channel), and Life With Tourette’s (Nat Geo). Becoming Leslie had its world premiere at the 2019 South by Southwest Film Festival and is her directorial debut.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

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