Bringing the documentary film "Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic In the Tenderloin" to you by Summer of 2012... with your help!
We are 90% finished with editing. And nearly 50% funded. Every dollar we raise brings us closer to completion in time for Frameline 36 here in SF, and from there around the country.
Although our Indiegogo Campaign is complete, you can still make your tax-deductable donation through the San Francisco Film Society today!
Hi, Mark Freeman here to ask your help with a groundbreaking documentary film about the first people who came to a little clinic called Transgender Tuesdays, back in 1993. At the time, I was a Family Nurse Practitioner and part of a team in San Francisco that was trying to reach out to the most underserved group in our region, and during the worst period of the AIDS epidemic to hit our city. We didn't know then that what we were starting would turn out to be the country's first Primary Care clinic aimed at transgendered folks.
Through the merging of health care providers from this one small Public Health clinic, activists from every ethnic and gender group in the city, and actively participating trans folks, a whole new model of care for the country emerged. And what's more, through bridging these groups, a truly unique and inclusive sense of trans community was born.
Now, by supporting this film, you'll be helping to make a mini-feature length documentary that reveals - to everyone in its reach - the humanity of transgendered people, particularly that of those who faced some of the worst conditions imaginable during the "bad old days." These stories form the backbone of this film, and they are amazing. They are jaw-dropping, horrifying, infuriating, courageous-- and they are bitingly humorous. This is not merely intended for a local or temporal audience, however. Editor Nathaniel Walters ("Survivor") and our Consulting Editor Bill Weber ("The Cockettes" and "We Were Here") are creating a polished, highly entertaining, educational film about trans history and current realities that will be useful for years to come, around the globe.
Having grown to know and love many of these faces (the clinic has seen over 1600 patients since it started!), I can tell you from personal knowledge that voices like these have NEVER been heard before in public. This is not your sitcom or reality show psychodrama. It's not chair-throwing daytime shock tv or a primetime cable surgery show. Not even Ru Paul's drag race can touch the honest life stories that our stars, patients, and staff share here. This is the real deal.
There are opportunities to participate at every economic level, from $3 to $3000, and some really great rewards too-- check them out. By using the share tools below or passing this link on to mobilize friends and family (who may be waiting for just this chance to become supporters and allies), even a small contribution becomes a huge one... and at the same time, you're helping this campaign create an international distribution network! Thank you, for helping to make this film a reality, and thank you for giving us all a new tool that we can use to secure human rights.
What We Need To Finish the Film
The film is being finished during the month of May. That includes:
* all editing, color correction and mixing
* all rights to music, archival footage and historic photographs
* title animation and special effects sequences
* recording of musicians, soundtrack creation, then sound remixing
* converting to formats that can be seen in both festival and community venues
* creating a shorter version to be used by educators, professionals & advocates
* preparing the film for easy download, and printed boxed copies for libraries, etc.
Already huge portions of the film have benefitted from warm-hearted volunteer efforts, and the promise of hugely reduced rates and deferred payments by professionals because they believe in this project (please see the US page of the website). And we have stewarded our resources sparingly. But films are costly to make. A less professional product could be created for a bit less, but not much. And any amount we raise over the $29,000 mark goes toward distribution.
We appreciate your contribution, and have some great ways to show it: T-shirts, art, music downloads and CDs, early bird film dowloads and DVDs, VIP invitations to openings, and even opportunities to solicit your opinions on the edit-in-progress.
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