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BerlinTransgression is a collection of untold stories of lovelorn queens of Berlin fighting to tear down a new, invisible, wall
BerlinTransgression is a collection of untold stories of lovelorn queens of Berlin fighting to tear down a new, invisible, wall
BerlinTransgression is a collection of untold stories of lovelorn queens of Berlin fighting to tear down a new, invisible, wall
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Berlin Transgression: A Documentary 

With your support, Berlin Transgression can be completed by August 2016!! This will allow us to take it to film festivals around the world, meaning it could be in theaters as early as 2017! 

有了您的支持,我們的後期持做人員將在3月和4月展開緊張的後期製作工作。一切順利,影片將於今年8月完成,明年我們就能將它帶近世界各地的電影院。我們的目標是進入明年的柏林影展。

ドキュメンタリー映画「Berlin Transgression」は皆様からのご支援で目標額に達することができれば、2016年8月に完成、その後映画祭に出品し早ければ2017年にシアターでご覧いただけるようになります。【BackThisProject】をクリックし是非ご参加ください。

What is the documentary about?

Berlin Transgression tells the stories of transvestite, transgender and transsexual artists who struggle between two genders, two identities, two lives. This project sheds light on the day and night life of the artists who perform mostly at local gay bars and fetish clubs. These artists allow us not only backstage but also into their homes where they open their hearts to us about their deepest dreams and desires. We follow their fight to tear down a new, invisible, wall which is the basis of our isolation. 

我們的電影是關於柏林牆倒塌後25年,仍在柏林掙扎著尋找愛,推翻人與人之間“柏林牆”的變裝者和跨性別者群體的故事。電影紀錄了他們在兩種生活,兩個性別之間的徘徊,他們生存在“自由社會”中的“不自由”,在滿足自己最基本的生活需求,以及對夢想、激情和愛的渴望之間的掙扎。這是一群生活在柏林邊緣的人。

ドラァグクイーンやトランスジェンダー、トランスセクシュアルのアーティストの多くは、二分された性別やアイデンティティーの狭間で葛藤しながら、ステージに立ち続けています。ベルリンの壁が崩壊し、東西統一から25周年を迎えるドイツ。自由は獲得できたのか。彼らの日常に密着し、社会のさまざまな境界線に迫ります。

Why does this story need to be told?

We believe that after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 there has not been a comprehensive and honest portrait of this group of struggling queer artists in Berlin. By hearing the stories told by these artists we gain a valuable insight into the LGBTQ community not only of Berlin but all over the world. 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 2014 when our filming starts, Berlin is a haven for striving young artists and also a symbolic place for the freedom of action. 

Berlin’s nightlife is famous for being mind-blowing, diverse, and shockingly open, as if without boundary. Berlin Transgression documents this, but also questions if this image of an un-walled, un-divided and undiscriminating sanctuary is the reality for our cast.

We aim to bring a better understanding of the LGBTQ community from both inside and outside. Berlin Transgression hopes to contribute to breaking down barriers between the queer community and the “outside world.” One of our goals is to increase the overall visibility of the queer community. To serve this end, we included different voices of the community: drag queens, drag kings, "tunten," as well as transsexual and transgender artists currently active in Berlin. We learn about what it means to be in a community, and what work there is still to do. We learn about a new Berlin wall, one that is becoming the basis of our isolation and individuality.

由於一次偶然的機會,我們在柏林當地的酒吧觀賞了一次變裝表演,認識了這一個特殊的團體。在與他們一年半的近距離相處之後,我們被他們的勇敢與開放深深打動。我們希望通過這個紀錄片,讓更多的觀眾認識他們,並受他們的鼓勵,推翻身邊人與人之間的“柏林牆”。

How will my support make a difference?

Since November 2014, the whole crew have been working on a voluntary basis. Thanks to the kind support of Camelot and our production company, BIGCOUNTRY.BERLIN, we managed to finish the production process with a very low budget. In this process more than 100 hours of footage has been captured. We will need your support to help us turn all this footage into a 90min long documentary which can help us bring our message to the world: "Let's tear down the wall between us." 

With your support, our post-production crew will be able to work intensely in March and April. If everything goes smoothly, the film will be completed by August 2016!!! 

Be a part of this amazing journey, and make Berlin Transgression happen!

Where will my money go?

Editing : 3000,00 EUR  

Color grading: 750,00 EUR 

Sound editing 1000,00 EUR 

Music 1500,00 EUR

Translation and Subtitle: 750,00 EUR 

Submission for film festivals: 500,00 EUR

Website: 500,00 EUR 

The cost for production and delivery of rewards: 1000,00 EUR 

Kickstarter fee (5%) Paypal (3­‐5%)

*The part of raised fund that goes beyond the total pledged amount (10,000 EUR) will be used to pay the camera, directorial and production work that has been done thus far on a voluntary basis. 

Will I get anything in return?

Of course! As well as the lovely warm feeling you get from doing a good deed, we also offer rewards to our supporters. Check out the side-bar for more information. 

For +25 EUR, you'll get to choose one of BerlinTransgression's film-noir inspired postcards (shown down below)!

For +50 EUR, you'll get to choose two, +75 EUR, three! 

photographed and designed by Reelika Ramot
photographed and designed by Reelika Ramot

For +100 EUR, you'll receive all four postcards plus Berlin Transgression's official poster (shown down below)!

designed by Reelika Ramot
designed by Reelika Ramot

Berlin Transgression's logo is designed by Dora Petrova.

Will the artists benefit from the documentary?

Yes! All of the artists in the film support themselves through part-time work when they are not performing. We hope that the exposure they receive through the film will enhance their careers allowing them to focus entirely on their performance.

Who is in the film?

Most of our characters have a daytime job, or work as DJs, waiters, and bartenders at night, if they are not booked for performances.

紀錄片中的主角們大多數都擁有一份位於社會底層的日常工作。夜裡,他們在柏林當地的同性戀酒吧進行變裝表演。這些小小的舞台,是變裝者們為了生存而辛苦工作後,真我活著的地方。

作品に登場するアーティストたちは、日中は違う職業を掛け持ちしたり、DJやウェイトレス、バーテンダーとして働きながら活動を続けています。

Kaey works at a Berlin-based queer magazine, Siegessäule. She also has a band, Strawberry KaeyK.
Kaey works at a Berlin-based queer magazine, Siegessäule. She also has a band, Strawberry KaeyK.
Absinthia Absolut is a part-time hairdresser.
Absinthia Absolut is a part-time hairdresser.
Erna Pachulke is a bartender at one of the two "community bars", Lieblingsbar. There she has a weekly drag show, "Erna's Mitternachts-Show" (Midnight's Show).
Erna Pachulke is a bartender at one of the two "community bars", Lieblingsbar. There she has a weekly drag show, "Erna's Mitternachts-Show" (Midnight's Show).
Bambi Mercury is a stylist for an online fashion site; Ryan Stecken works in the advertisement department of Siegessäule Magazine.
Bambi Mercury is a stylist for an online fashion site; Ryan Stecken works in the advertisement department of Siegessäule Magazine.
Anna Bolika, having received his education in theater and dancing, is now a professional dubbing artist.
Anna Bolika, having received his education in theater and dancing, is now a professional dubbing artist.
Esra Valkyrie is currently applying for college.
Esra Valkyrie is currently applying for college.
Jacky-Oh Weinhaus works as a lighting director at Schwuz (Berlin's largest gay club) by day and as a host in drag by night.
Jacky-Oh Weinhaus works as a lighting director at Schwuz (Berlin's largest gay club) by day and as a host in drag by night.

The bars where they perform are not one of those extravagantly designed theaters or music halls that middle-classed families frequent. They are small local gay bars, whose regular customers also have a 9-to-5 job. In the film, we follow our characters to their workplace, where they go every day to survive, as well as to the local gay bars, where, after a nine-hour working day, they live.

More about us

Directors

Joel Lei

She was an exchange-researcher at Freie Universität between 2014-2015, and currently an exchange-scholar at the University of Tokyo . She is an experienced journalist, working at the moment to start her own international political magazine and podcast, Blynkt. Berlin Transgression is her directorial debut. She’s a founder of the Tokyo International Film Society. 

Yuki Terada

After graduating from School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London in 2010, she started her PhD at the University of Tokyo. She was a visiting researcher at Freie Universität Berlin (2014-2015). She previously worked as an intern and translator in several prestigious media organizations. Berlin Transgression is her directorial debut. Her research interests include the relationship between art and society, visual culture, and theatrical representation.

Producer 

Moritz Wessendorff

He is a producer with more than 10 years of experience in film. He received his B.A. degree in media economics, with a thesis on film financing. He has produced more than 300 films in various fields from feature to commercial. He worked with Hal Hartley on his film, Fay Grim, and later as a manager for his company, Possible Films. He also worked alongside famous producers such as, Arthur Cohn, and Martin Hagemann, who won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale in 2013. In 2013, he founded his own creative production company, BIGCOUNTRY.BERLIN.  

Cinematographer

Jakob Seemann

He studied cinematography at the HFF "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam Babelsberg where he shot numerous films, some of which received international attention at film festivals. His diploma feature-length film, Barriere (directed by Andreas Kleinert), celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale in 2010. In 2013, he successfully completed his graduate studies with the feature film, Nachthelle (directed by Florian Gottschick), which is nominated for the German Grimme-Award in 2016. He has experience in making films in Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine and China. In addition to advertisement, commercial films and music productions, he works regularly for international documentaries and feature films.

Production Designer / Photographer

Reelika Ramot

She is a freelancing photographer based in Berlin. She has extensive experience in stage photo shoots and set design. She has one year of experience in film as a set designer and art director. She graduated from Kaskeline Film Academy, Berlin, in 2015.

Editors

Sven Dittgen 

He is an editor and video designer in Videofarmers, Berlin. He is a certified trainer of Apple Final Cut PRO Level 1. He has obtained his diploma in video and sound design from L4 – Institüt for Digital Communication, and completed the post-degree study in the School of Design Thinking. He is also an experienced lecturer. 

Julia Peyron

Julia is an editor, production assistant and photographer. She currently works as an editor in Videofarmers, Berlin. After her graduation from the University of Nantes in 2010, she worked in a several theater companies and theater schools in France.  

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Risks and challenges

The risks of this project are low. We do not foresee copyright, editorial, technical difficulties as we have assembled a professional team with experienced producers. The music with copyright problems used by the drag queens will be substituted by the work of the independent Berlin-based musician, Yasmin Gate (http://www.killerrr.com/killerrrecords/yasmin-gate-dollhouse-album/). Some of the artists we feature in our documentary, such as Erna Pachulke and Kaey, write their own songs, for which we are granted the right to use in the film.

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