"Akin" marks the first creative collaboration between Toronto-based artist Chase Joynt (Everyday to Stay) and NYC-based filmmaker Brooke Sebold (Red Without Blue). With haunting suburban visuals backed by the rich sounds of Toronto based-band Ohbijou, "Akin" powerfully engages in a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past.
Hauntingly beautiful. Rarely have I watched a film that is such a perfect union of parsimony and punch. It left me breathless. - Michelle Stone
Perfectly timed and sequenced, "Akin" is so resolutely personal in it's detailing. Joynt points to a place, draws a circle around it, and then refuses to fill it in, restraint that leaves a powerful silence in which the viewer can inhabit. - Mike Hoolboom
Winner of the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist, Inside Out LGBT Film & Video Festival (2012)