A Note For You
Thank you so very much for all the support and love we are receiving from around the world. Let's redouble our efforts. We are now focusing on raising funds to cover the cost to film all of Andreja's story. Join us by backing Andrej(a) so together we can share this story with the world.
First, Why Kickstarter?
Last fall we were waiting for a deal with a national television network interested in Andreja's story. Up to that point, Andreja, Eric and a few loyal friends in NYC had been paying out of their own pockets for the filming and production. When the team finally received the deal terms from the network, however, we discovered that we would be bound to alter parts of her story to be more "commercially viable." We felt that her story did not deserve to be dictated by the demands of network executives.
The incredible success stories of those who have turned to their fans for support, such as Zach Braff, LeVar Burton, and Veronica Mars, have inspired us to take the Kickstarter route for backing. We get to connect directly with Andreja's awesome and inspiring fans (that's you!) and, most importantly, we can complete this project according to the team's vision. We are really excited for this new campaign and know that it is a crucial step in an important journey. We have lined up some really cool and unique rewards, and we will keep you updated all along the way.
Keep reading for all the important details!
Ok! Tell Us About the Documentary
In the summer of 2014, Andreja came out as a trans woman, and her life will never be the same. She’s crossed into unprecedented territory as the first model to change her physical sex and public identity mid-career.
Through Andreja’s life story, Andrej(a) will explore gender issues in-depth around the globe, and the fashion industry and its attitude towards diversity will be a focal point.
From a refugee camp in the Balkans to the world’s biggest runways, from boyhood to androgyny to womanhood, from hiding to the highest level of self-acceptance, this documentary captures an individual whose biggest dream is to live an authentic, happy, and normal life. It is a public struggle by a brave person for the most basic of human needs: to be accepted and respected as the person she has always known herself to be.
All of this will be seen through the eyes of Andreja, her peers, pioneers who have paved the way, and the trans and gender non-conforming youth who are just now coming of age. Our goal is to capture Andreja's life, struggles, and, hopefully, her overcoming of the bias and stereotypes standing in the way of not just her future, but that of an entire young generation.
I'm in! How Do I Help Reach the Goal?
Join with us to help fund Andrej(a)! Eric, our director, will do what he needs to do to make sure the entire journey is filmed. With the great footage we capture we will have enough leverage to sign a deal with a distributor that loves the project. We will not give up! With your support we will produce the best and most professional festival-going documentary possible.
What else can I do? Share your story with us!
Let's continue inspire the scores of amazing people across the globe in being courageous with their truths. After backing share your stories in the comment section or make a video and send it to us. We will share it!
Recently Shared Stories:
"I backed this documentary because 5 years ago you talked me through some of my own insecurities (while you were dressed as a nun, none-the-less). Keep on shining and dancing in those heels like no one else can. xo" - Chelsey Baxter
"I myself am a transman. Even though I'm still pre transition, I admire Andreja for her courage to come out and talk and bring awareness to this that so many of us in the community are afraid to be out of the closet. I will one day get my wish to be a man. Until then, I will back this wholeheartedly and hope to gods it succeeds. This is needed to further the LGBTQNA community's equality. Everyone needs equality and no one should be left out in the cold." - Jordin Williams
Risks and challenges
Funding documentaries is always a multi-stage process. This campaign is step one. Going forward, we have two main challenges. 1) Production: The money we raise here is helping us continue production but it will likely not be enough to complete it. We are talking to a number of investors and studios about funding the rest of the project. 2) Distribution: We do not have a distributor attached yet. Eric, Andreja, and the rest of the team are confident that we will inspire interest in the right people to distribution partner with us. In order to secure distribution, we plan on bringing the film to as many major international film festivals as possible. There, we will meet with distributors and hopefully find the perfect group for this project. Our goal is set as such to ensure we have the best film possible to share with distributors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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