Award-Winning Entertainment Team To Create "My Uncle Gloria" Documentary Film

Top Quote -Transgender Documentary "My Uncle Gloria" follows the unique transformational family story of 62-Year-Old Tough Uncle Butch to Attractive Aunt Gloria. End Quote
  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) October 10, 2013 - My Uncle Gloria Film LLC has signed a creative partnership with two-time Emmy award-winning writer, director and producer, Robyn Symon, to write and direct the documentary, "My Uncle Gloria." The film explores how the sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) of macho, auto-salvage yard owner, Bernard "Butch" Rosichan into transgender activist Gloria Stein at age 62, reunited an estranged and completely dysfunctional family. Filming has already begun and post-production is scheduled for completion by Spring 2014.

    "My Uncle Gloria" includes riveting and deeply personal home videos, spanning 30 years of family life, including rare access to Gloria's sexual reassignment surgery. The film also chronicles Gloria's work as a dominatrix to pay for her costly surgeries and dives into her complex relationships with ex-wives, estranged sons, and her transgender life partner Dan, who undergoes a partial female to male SRS in the film. But through it all, Gloria found an unexpected ally, her nephew Steven Shulman, whose life she ultimately saves from spiraling out of control after his 22-year drug addiction and whose memoir titled, "My Uncle Gloria," served as the basis for this documentary.

    "My Uncle Gloria" is an inspiring story of family healing and acceptance that everyone can relate to, no matter what gender, race or background," said author and creator, Steven Shulman. "I am incredibly honored to share Gloria's unique transformative journey as a universial message of tolerance and acceptance."

    In addition to Emmy award-winning film director, Robyn Symon, "My Uncle Gloria" has assembled a top-notch team including the highly regarded Miami-based international public relations firm, Howard R. Miller Communications (HRMC), which will handle the film's marketing and publicity. Additionally, Howard Miller, President of HRMC and an award-winning writer and television producer will serve as Executive Producer. Symon Productions will produce the film in association with the Synergy Entertainment Group.

    The production team is currently planning to launch a crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign that will not only provide financial support for the film, but also build a strong social media following via Facebook and Twitter. Moreover, Steven Shulman will also release his memoir detailing his Uncle Butch's transformation into Gloria and deeply emotional family reconciliation.

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    About Robyn Symon
    Robyn Symon is an Emmy award-winning writer, director and producer who is quickly becoming known in the industry as the "transformational" filmmaker, putting a spotlight on people who are making a difference in the world. Robyn's Emmy award-winning films include, "Leap of Faith," which won the Emmy for Best Human Interest and "Hemingway's Key West," which won for Best Short Feature. Robyn Symon's first indie film "Transformation: The Life & Legacy of Werner Erhard" broke the box office record in its first week's run at the Quad Cinema in New York and was distributed by Screen Media Films and Universal. Some of Robyn's other films and TV projects includes, "Hedy & Yumi: Crossing the Bridge," "Florida!" (The Travel Channel), the PBS series "Voices of Vision" and programs for HGTV, Discovery Health, CNBC and more.

    About Gloria Stein
    Gloria Stein, formerly Bernard "Butch" Rosichan, was born in Dayton Ohio in 1935. She went to Ohio State University where she studied architectural design before moving to Florida and opening up her own auto wreckage and salvage graveyards. After her sex-change operation in 2001, Gloria retired and started the South Florida Gender Coalition where she mentored and helped the transgendered community (both pre-op and post-op). She currently lives in South Florida with Dan, her partner of 10 years, six cats; and is a recognized straight-to-the-point speaker regarding gender acceptance, support and human rights.

    About Steven Shulman
    Steven Shulman is the author of the forth-coming memoir; "My Uncle Gloria," a non-fictional account of how Steven's life and immediate family was profoundly and positively changed after his Uncle Butch's transformation into his Aunt Gloria. Steven descended into a lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock n' roll after the murder of his father at the hands of mobsters, his mother's alcoholism, coupled with her unexpected death from a brain aneurysm at the age of 42 and his grandparent's growing resentment for both him and his sister. After a long road to recovery at the age of 35, Shulman founded his own insurance agency. Now, as a successful independent insurance consultant and human rights advocate, Shulman fought for and won, equitable insurance rights for the transitioning transgender community with Gloria. Shulman hopes to reach out to the nation about family reconciliation, by sharing his and Gloria's life with the world.

    About Howard R. Miller Communications
    Howard R. Miller Communications is a full-service, award-winning, trilingual agency providing marketing, public relations, advertising, promotions, branding and website design services for their clients. The agency has a background in non-profit, real estate, corporate, film, and entertainment industries; as well as significant experience in travel and tourism, food, wine and spirits industries. With its broad capabilities, the agency functions comfortably and successfully in any business or organizational environment and continues to build an extensive and diverse base of local, regional, national and international corporate, non-profit and media relationships for their clients. For further information, please visit

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