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The Man I Want to Be

Directed by Devin Scott
AWARD WINNER: Local Film Showcase – Best Narrative Short


“The Man I Want to Be” tells the story of a boy (Billy Nichols) growing up in the ’70s and being different. He’s gay. His father, Lieutenant Colonel Nichols, is one of the most decorated fighter pilots of the Vietnam conflict and a strict, masculine role model. This very personal story of fear and bravery shines a light on what it means to be a man.
The film is told in the first person, using super 8mm home movies as well as current event footage.


For the past 25 years, Devin Scott has been practicing the craft of storytelling through video in the San Diego region. He has written, directed, and edited broadcast documentaries, corporate videos, educational projects, narrative short films as well as over 400 television commercials. He is known for his easy-going, collaborative style and following the vision from scriptwriting through production and editing. His work has garnered him over 70 awards including 29 regional Emmy Awards® for writing, cinematography, art direction, sound design, editing, and directing.

Plays in

Drama Block: Not Your Everyday Story

This selection of shorts include projects that are made by or star military / veterans and local films.

Dates & Times


Museum of Photographic Arts

Fri, Sep 27
6:15 pm