BECOMING LESLIE is a hybrid 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. Told with unapologetic humor, the film chronicles the life and career of a misfit who becomes a beloved cultural icon while searching for love and a true sense of home. Through Leslie, a parallel is drawn between one man’s efforts to preserve his own identity with the collective struggle of a rapidly changing city.
BECOMING LESLIE is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Film Society. You can make a donation to this project using the form below. You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift to the Austin Film Society on behalf of the project. Since AFS is a non-profit organization, your donation may be deducted from your taxes as a charitable contribution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.
About the Filmmaker
Tracy’s filmmaking career began in the editing department on the feature documentary Slam Planet: War of the Words. Shortly thereafter, she transitioned into production as assistant director on Kat Candler’s feature film Jumping Off Bridges. She later co-‐produced a short entitled Swerve and followed up as producer on another short, Backroads. She currently works in production accounting in reality television. It is through meeting Ruby Martin in 2010 that she met Leslie and began filming him alongside Ruby. BECOMING LESLIE is her directorial debut.