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Meet Jack, Davyn, Aiden and Max.
Jack, a transgender man living in Brooklyn, has recently started sleeping with a cisgender* man after exclusively dating women his entire adult life. His friend Davyn is on the verge of proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Amy. Aiden, the youngest of the group - pre-testosterone and pre-surgery - is aiming to raise money for his top surgery as the date approaches. Max, the eldest, has been on hormones longer than both Jack and Davyn, but hasn’t had the financial resources to obtain his top surgery.
There is a definite lack of trans masculine stories being told; stories that reflect us and the people we know. This is where you come in. BROTHERS follows the daily lives, the ups and down, ins and outs of what it means to live as a transgender individual in today’s urban society.
Do you know a Davyn? Are you an Aiden? These are our friends, our teachers, our coworkers, our husbands, our BROTHERS.
Emmett Lundberg (writer/director) is an award-winning screenwriter living in Brooklyn. He has spent many years on the sets of feature films including "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "Julie & Julia," and the upcoming "Birdman." BROTHERS was born of Emmett's desire to see himself and his community reflected on the small screen (or any screen.)
Chris Rodriguez (director of photography) was born in the Bronx and currently lives in Brooklyn. He has worked on several major motion pictures, including “American Gangster”; “Across the Universe”; “Duplicity” and “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” Chris is currently submitting his short film "Early Learnings" to festivals worldwide, and is developing two other original feature films.
Sheyam Ghieth (producer) has been a bus driver, a foreign correspondent and a designer. She was born in Egypt and has lived in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Germany, Italy and Louisiana. She has worked on several feature films, including "The Bourne Legacy," "Sex and the City 2," and "Side Effects," as well as television shows such as "Gossip Girl."
WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GETBROTHERS needs your help to make these characters come to life. The money raised will go toward shooting the remaining 7 episodes of an 8-episode first season. The shoot is projected over three weeks in September and the funds will be used for professional crew, equipment, transportation, location fees and feeding said crew. We are, in effect, shooting the equivalent of a full-scale feature film on a streamlined budget.
We're asking you to help us raise $60,000 and, in exchange, not only will you become a part of the team making this series come alive, but you'll also get truly wonderful, covetable perks!
Anything you can donate we can use. $1. $10. $100. Really, every single penny will get us closer to our goal.
You know you want to see what happens next!
THE IMPACTMaking trans stories more visible is a huge stepping stone in moving transgender equality forward. By telling personal and compelling stories, we hope to share the similarities of trans individuals with the world. And given the popularity of characters such as Sophia Burset on Netflix’s "Orange is the New Black," (played by trans woman Laverne Cox) it is evident not only that trans voices can be vivid and compelling but that there is a market for them.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELPIf you can't pitch in monetarily just now, there are other ways to help!
Share our campaign and video with everyone you know! Link to our Web site and basically help us get the word out about the project.
Donate your home, business, location, time or equipment. We are calling in favors from everyone we know.
The world needs BROTHERS, especially now. And with your help, we can realize this vision.
*Cisgender individuals identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.