An absorbing documentary short directed by Arizona-based filmmaker Nickolas Duarte of Crown Chimp. “Jay” explores themes of spirituality, gender identity, and mental illness as it follows the story of Jay Kyle Petersen in his own words. From his childhood in Minnesota where he was raised female to his life in Arizona where he now paints soul energy, Jay takes us through his struggles and the painful memories of torment and abuse that ultimately led to a path of hope and healing.

Content Warning: The video above contains descriptions of sexual assault that some viewers may find triggering.


Featuring Jay Kyle Petersen
Directed by Nickolas Duarte
Edited by Matthew King
Cinematography by Will Turner
Produced by Frank Armendarez & Sonia Campbell
1st AD (interviews): Keith Wagner
1st AD (reenactments): Frank Armendarez
Sound Design & Mix by Mike Clark

Young Jay – Destiny Vasquez
Teen Jay/Young Man – Stephanie Ingmire
Male Date – Jared Craven
Female Date – Dylan Page
Grandma Petersen – Pat Kaye
Mother/Hooded Figure – Kimberly Wolcott
Father/Hooded Figure – Steve McKee
Cousin/Hooded Figure – Bradford Trajan
Uncle/Hooded Figure – Drew Grubich
Grandpa/Hooded Figure – Mark Klugheit

As themselves
Jay Kyle Petersen
Tish Monroe
Lesley Lillywhite
Irene Messina
Karen Symons
Judy Gatrell
Nickolas Duarte
Penny the dog
Kool Cat the cat

Production Design: Jessica Van Ravenswaay
Locations: Frank Armendarez
Make Up: Sonia Campbell
Location Audio: Mike Clark
DIT (interviews): Ben Montemayor
Camera & Lighting: Chance Robert, Evan Colten
Production Assistants: Katie Healey, Christina Evans, Stephanie Orr
Dog Wrangler: Christia Abell
Cat Wrangler: Randy R. Culpepper
Pig Wrangler: Angel Canez
Colorist: Will Turner
Online Editor: Matthew King
Executive Producer: Nickolas Duarte


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