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A coming of age story for every gender, WIMO documents 5 trans & nonbinary teens on the path to self-definition and discovery.
A coming of age story for every gender, WIMO documents 5 trans & nonbinary teens on the path to self-definition and discovery.
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What I'm Made Of: A Feature Documentary

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Transgender & Nonbinary Teens Share Their Stories

Five trans and gender non-conforming youth in Providence, Rhode Island, have stepped forward to put their lives on film—to tell the world “What I’m Made Of.”

Their coming of age stories reveal the universals of adolescence, much like the compelling journey shown in Boyhood. However, these teens face a unique task: to challenge the meaning of “boyhood” and “girlhood” itself.

Our feature documentary follows their paths as they realize their authentic identities, discover how to be healthy adults—and, ultimately, change our understandings of gender. Help us follow their lead!

The World Is Listening

We’re at a pivotal point in making this documentary. Attention to LGBTQ issues is at an all-time high. Adult celebrities and actors have pushed transgender awareness to the front pages.

Our documentary seizes this moment to go deeper: to explore not just who is changing gender, but how gender categories are changing today. To do this, we’ve focused on the game changers: teens growing up in America.

Unlike other portraits of trans youth, our documentary includes adolescents who identify not only as male and female but also between and beyond those conventional binaries.

Far from the limelight—in their everyday lives with family and friends, in real and virtual communities, under the care of a ground-breaking pediatrician—the trans youth in What I’m Made Of are pushing our fixed assumptions about gender and our narrow perceptions of physical bodies.

We’ve committed to following them for two years, with extraordinary access as they undergo medical treatment, navigate relationships, and mature in every dimension.

There simply isn’t another coming of age film like this out there.

Make Their Voices Heard!

Timing is critical to complete our project. Adolescents change every day: their bodies, their emotions, their health, their place in the world. We want to be with them at every step.

Your financial support is critical. Our filming began in December 2013. We need to raise enough money to finish filming these five young people now, as they discover and define what they’re made of—and how we define gender.

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Think outside the box about what you can give to our project—we’re all about breaking boundaries! Give generously, and we’ll raise the $30,000 we need to complete filming. Give with inspiration, and we’ll reach (even exceed) our $50,000 stretch goal—and stay on track for our Spring 2016 release date. Every minute, every donation counts. Thank you!

Our Approach

From doctor’s appointments and surgeries to proms and birthdays, What I’m Made Of is committed to telling the stories of trans youth in a way that’s authentic to real experience, sensitive to real feelings, and awake to new understandings. It follows young people in the care of Dr. Michelle Forcier, an innovative, outspoken Rhode Island pediatrician who’s helping trans teens make the transition to adulthood happier, healthier, and safer.

Entrusted with intimate access to both Dr. Forcier’s clinic and the lives of her patients, filmmakers Jenn Hallam and Jane Renaud give us a chance to witness what it’s like to be a trans teen from the inside.

What I’m Made Of takes viewers into exam rooms for a first-hand look at the leading edge of adolescent health care, then home with teens and their families to see the impact that care can have on everyday life. Raw, fly-on-the-wall footage lets us know the teens in this film in a very personal way—focusing on coming of age through an original, powerful lens.

From the start, the health and well-being of the teens involved in What I’m Made Of has been the filmmakers’ top priority. With the assistance of doctors, mental health providers, social workers, and LGBTQ allies, each participant entered this project with a personalized, comprehensive plan to ensure that their stories are told and shared safely.

Find out more about what it means to be a transgender or genderqueer teen at bitly.com/Trans_FAQs

The Filmmakers

Jenn Hallam, Ph.D., Co-Director/Producer As a scholar and art historian, Jenn studies visual culture as a locus for gender construction and identity formation. As a producer, she’s committed to projects with historical import and social impact. Her credits include PBS’s Slavery & the Making of America, for which she received an Emmy nomination in Research, and WNET’s cross-cultural series, Art through Time: A Global View. From 2009–12, Jenn was at Sesame Workshop, where she developed digital resources around the show’s core curriculum, as well as outreach initiatives focused on food insecure and military families.

Jane Renaud, Co-Director/Producer Jane is a producer and filmmaker specializing in stories about children and families. After graduating from the film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jane produced segments about public education for PBS NewsHour. Her twelve-part series about school reform in Washington, D.C., earned first prize in documentary reporting from the Education Writers Association. In January 2013, the series was adapted for Frontline (PBS) airing under the title The Education of Michelle Rhee. Her most recent project, Rebirth: New Orleans, a feature-length documentary about the charter schools movement in New Orleans, premiered on Netflix in 2014.

Advisory Boards

Our Professional Advisory Board includes doctors, advocates, social workers, and parents committed to the well-being of all teens: Kerri Kanelos, Director, Youth Pride, Inc.; Jaye Watts, LCSW, MT-BC; Lillian Rivera, Director of Advocacy & Capacity Building, Hetrick-Martin Institute; Tiq Milan, Senior Media Strategist, GLAAD; Jenn Burleton, Executive Director, TransActive Gender Center; Joel Baum, Senior Director, Professional Development & Family Services, Gender Spectrum®; Eric Lulow, public health advisor and youth advocacy specialist; Michele Paliotta, LICSW; Don Laliberte, Director of Social Services, Crossroads Rhode Island; and Drs. Johanna Olson (Children's Hospital LA) and Stephen Rosenthal (UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital). They advise us on matters related to participants’ health and safety and help place our work in a national, medical, scientific, and historical context.

Our Teen Advisory Board is composed of young adults, ages 13 to 22, who identify as transgender or genderqueer or are still figuring out their gender identities. Since joining us in fall 2013, Teen Board members have met regularly to offer feedback on our work; ensure that the stories we’re telling are authentic, accurate, and sensitive to their experiences; and shape our project’s outreach and educational aspects.

What Now?

Want to know more? Check out www.WIMOdoc.com or email the filmmakers at hallamrenaud@gmail.com

Want to help more? Here are some things you can do:

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  • Contact your child's pediatrician, your family doctor, teachers, school counselors, community leaders, and local politicians and tell them about us!
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Want to stay connected? Follow What I'm Made Of (WIMOdoc) on social media and join in the conversation. You can also subscribe to the project newsletter at www.WIMOdoc.com

THANK YOU!

Don't forget to choose one of our great rewards as a token of our gratitude. 

Sample Rewards: (left) Film Poster; (top right) One-of-a-Kind Composition Books Made by the WIMO Team; (bottom right) Printable Birth Certificate
Sample Rewards: (left) Film Poster; (top right) One-of-a-Kind Composition Books Made by the WIMO Team; (bottom right) Printable Birth Certificate

And Special Thanks To...

Contributions come in all shapes and sizes, and we couldn't have gotten this Kickstarter off the ground without the following folks, who have donated their time, energy, and considerable talents to the cause!

Risks and challenges

WHAT I'M MADE OF is an ambitious project: 2 years of filming, 100s of hours of footage of 5 teens. Our purpose is to capture their risks and challenges—as they grow up and transition in real time. With your help, at this critical moment, we’ll finish shooting in 2015 and achieve our goal of a Spring 2016 release. But editing is expensive, and we know from experience that the edit room can be unpredictable. That's why we're pushing to reach our stretch goal of $50K so that we can hit the ground running in post-production.

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    We believe that every single dollar counts. Yours gets you a personal, public shout-out on Facebook or Twitter AND an annotated "Must Watch" list of films and television shows featuring trans themes or characters, curated by WIMO teen and professional advisors.

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    You'll receive a custom-designed printable pack that includes: Made-to-print name tags with space for preferred pronouns AND a birth certificate that allows you to write in whatever name and gender you want! We know how hard it can be to get the gender marker on your official birth certificate changed. This beautiful document, featuring WIMO art, is a great way to celebrate name changes and other important transition milestones.

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    Enjoy early access to a digital download of the completed film + receive a thank you postcard signed by the filmmakers and WIMO teen advisors.

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    Team WIMO's one-of-a-kind, custom-decorated composition books, made by teen advisors and filmmakers, make great gifts, journals, or art displays.

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    A donation in your name, or the name of a loved one, will be made to Youth Pride, Inc., a Providence LGBTQQ Youth Center that provides support services to local teens and has been a great friend to WIMO.

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    Your $50 fuels our Honda, Phil, on journeys to Rhode Island and gets YOU a video message that will feed your soul.

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    A terrific Genderific Coloring Book by Assigned Male artist Sophie LaBelle!

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    A Dear Cis People Zine by Assigned Male artist Sophie LaBelle.

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    Think outside the binary boxes in your new Me T! A limited edition t-shirt designed by WIMO teen advisor Morgan.

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    Your $75 sponsors a meeting of our Teen Advisory Board and gets YOU a special thank you from the group.

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    A copy of the heartwarming children's book "I am Jazz," signed by teen author and trans advocate Jazz Jennings.

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    Watch WHAT I'M MADE OF to your heart's delight on DVD. We'll send you the film. Don't do DVDs? No problem. We'll send you a special digital download with directors' commentary instead!

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    You are the lucky recipient of our one and only autographed copy of Ecodeviance by the one and only poet CAConrad! (http://caconrad.blogspot.com)

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    Without the early support of Simon Sinek, WHAT I'M MADE OF might still be an idea. Simon helped us turn our passion into action. Get inspired to change the world in your own way with an autographed copy of Simon's global bestseller, START WITH WHY.

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    For getting behind our why, we're giving you a personalized, autographed copy of START WITH WHY by Simon Sinek, one of our earliest champions. And to sweeten the reward, Simon is offering a personalized, autographed copy of his second book LEADERS EAT LAST too! We hope this collection inspires you to live your passion and lead with humanity.

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    This is a very special opportunity to get a limited edition print of a gorgeous fine art birth certificate designed especially for the project by trans artist and writer Cooper Lee Bombardier (www.cooperleebombardier.com). A wonderful gift for new parents or loved ones celebrating "rebirth" moments in their journeys toward authentic identity.

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    You are the lucky recipient of a "Queer" laser cut Modified Bathroom Sign by trans artist Lauren Quock (http://laurenquock.com). Here's to peeing in peace!

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    Your $250 will directly support telling the stories of Jessica, Li, Nick, Julie, and Sam. In return, you'll receive a thank you letter and special gift created by the teen of your choice!

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    Love the WHAT I'M MADE OF film art and wish you could hang it on your wall? You can! $500 gets you a limited edition, large movie poster printed on high-quality paper and signed by the artist.

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    We'll see you at a screening! $500 gets you 2 tickets to a special event screening of WHAT I'M MADE OF, attended by the filmmakers, in NYC or Providence.

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    Giving is poetic. For your contribution, you will receive a signed copy of Ecodeviance + a personalized (soma)tic poetry ritual by CAConrad (caconrad.blogspot.com)

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    Your $750 buys us a wireless lav that gets named after you. (We'll send you a picture for proof!)

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    Have fun looking for your name (and pointing it out to friends!) when the credits roll. For your generous donation, you'll be recognized with "Special Thanks" in the film credits.

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    For your $10,000 contribution, we'll give you more heartfelt gratitude than you know what to do with + an invitation to join the filmmakers and members of WIMO's advisory boards for a pre-release screening of the film (location TBD).

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