A Documentary Film
Are you Male or Female? Check a box. For our four fearless young adults this is not a simple question. Confused since early childhood, these four defy societal norms to be their true selves and become more visible. No transition is easy but we see some are easier than others. We follow Sean, a trans male comedian from a small affluent town in upstate NY, Katherine, a Bangladeshi trans girl from a family steeped in their cultural traditions, Olivia, who had to leave her family in Atlanta and enter the shelter system in order to be the woman she knows she is, and the unforgettable Morgin, a fully transitioned woman pursuing her musical ambitions and making her way in the world.
BECOMING MORE VISIBLE is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the discrimination of transgender young adults worldwide. With this film we hope to shift the paradigm around gender identities, roles and assumptions, encouraging society to see these young people for who they are, and not how they were born or choose to identify.
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David Lamble calls Becoming More Visible "intimate and thought-provoking" he says, "This is a not-to-be-missed exploration of a too-often-ignored or maligned part of our community".
Your film was extraordinary – how many people in the world get the chance to literally change the world in their lifetime?! You movie has the ability to change lives – to change how they perceive, empathize, and treat other human beings and to also change how people are perceived and treated. It is a huge contribution to the world. I am awed by your effort, your storytelling, and your impact.
It’s absolutely brilliant. What an extraordinary piece of work. It’s moving and exciting and it weaves together its stories in a remarkably skillful way. It’s also beautifully shot.
BECOMING MORE VISIBLE - USA 2016, 73:min
The film is in it's final post-production stages. If you would like to see a rough-cut of the film, please email us for the password-protected link.
The videos here are the intro to the film, and a couple of scenes.
A vibrant group of individuals, our cast is both optimistic and eyeopening. They each have a story to tell, from homeless shelters to open mic nights, they share their journey with our cameras - opening us up to their world. Olivia (22) is a trans woman of color who wants to act and model, as well as be a champion wrestler. Olivia just came out of the shelter system and is finding her way in the Big Apple. She struggles with depression and becomes obsessed with her appearance. Her family has never met ‘Olivia,’ but she hopes that when the film is done, her mother can come to the gala opening and meet her new daughter. Sean (18) a trans male from upstate New York is in the early stages of hormone therapy when we first meet him. In contrast to the others, he has the full support of his mother. Sean is an aspiring comedian. He uses his stand-up to break the barriers of discomfort when talking about his transition process. We watch him grow into a man. Katherine (18) a Bangladeshi teen, living in a close-knit family struggles to be herself. Though Katherine is just four months into transitioning when we first meet her, she is hiding it from her family to keep a roof over her head. She has always known she is a girl but explaining it to her traditional parents who speak no English has been a challenge. Morgin (21) is a fully transitioned woman. We meet her 6 months after her gender confirming surgery. She’s is anxious to live life as the woman she has always known she is. She wants to write and perform music and bring joy to everyone she encounters. Having survived a rough and tumultuous childhood, Morgin's resilience and lust for life is inspiring. She was just signed by an agent and is now working with a music producer. Morgin is going to be a STAR!
I'm thrilled to announce BECOMING MORE VISIBLE will be premiering at SF DOC FEST on June 10th at 7pm at the Roxie Theater & June 11th at 6:45 pm the Vogue. Tickets on sale now! Please share this link http://bit.ly/1ZDhO0P and COME if you can! Katherine Chambers and Morgin DuPont will be there. CLICK HERE for TICKETS - http://bit.ly/1ZDhO0P...
"Fashion growing up generally seemed to be sort of a superficial thing to me," said Katherine Chambers, a 19-year-old trans woman. "All I used to focus on was things like trying to be more feminine, because that's what I identified as." Chambers also discussed how her views of fashion have changed as her transition has progressed. "At this point in my transition, fashion is no longer a superfic...