Transit is a tale of love, compassion, acceptance, and perseverance. Its premise is simple: a young man falls for a captivating woman and they embark on a passionate journey together - until, months into their relationship, she reveals that she is transgender. Struggling with feelings and questions that accompany a situation such as this, TRANSIT asks: can we overcome our conditioned notions of normalcy?
Once completed the film will be around 15 minutes in length.
We have reached our original goal in just 8 days! Thank you ALL for your support.
SO, WHAT'S NEXT? Why should you continue to donate?
1. We are proudly pledging 50% of all donations after $7,500 to non-profit Gender and Family Project to help protect transgender youth.
2. Extra funding will go towards fair wages for a diverse cast of women, people of color and those who are a part of the LGBTQ community.
3. Improve production quality of the film.
4. Get the word out. Donations will support marketing efforts to ensure this important film is seen. We can submit to more film festivals and reach more people through digital and physical marketing tactics.
Again, we can't thank you all enough!
POOYA MOHSENI (SAG-AFTRA) - Producer, Actor, Writer
Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian/American actor, Transgender activist and writer.
A New York trained actor, Pooya's most recent New York stage appearances were in an award winning one woman show, titled "One Woman", in United Solo Festival at The Theatre Row directed by Joan Kane, "Galatea" at WP Pipeline festival, "The Good Muslim" at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Baltimore Center Stage’s "The White Snake".
She's also a recurring guest star on the new crime drama "Big Dogs" produced by Choice Films & Theatricals, directed by Mathew Penn and Tony Glazer, to be released in 2019. Her other TV appearances include a recurring role in the first season of the USA network's "Falling Water" and the first season of CBS's "Madam Secretary".
Pooya is represented by Headline Talent Agency
Follow @Pooyaland on Instagram and Twitter
EMILY DINOVA (AEA) - Director
Emily is a Writer, Actor, Director and Producer living in Hoboken, New Jersey. She has an MA in Stage and Screen Writing from Regent’s University (London, UK), a Bachelors in English with a Theatre concentration (Writing, Directing, Acting & Film. She has appeared Off-Broadway in several shows and has toured regularly both nationally and internationally. Emily's latest film, Wet Paint, which she produced and co-starred in (and wrote the original short story!) will be debuting later this year.
Her play, Capture, a raw and visceral story of one woman’s fight against Domestic Violence was the recipient of the 2015 Fresher Writing Prize in the United Kingdom (Best Stage Play) and was also published later that year by the Fresher Publishing Company. Capture was also a part of The Venus and Adonis Festival in NYC and was received with staggering praise. In June of 2016, it had a production in Bournemouth, UK at the Shelley Theatre and subsequently in 2017, a production at the Seven Angels Theatre in Connecticut.
Cold Porridge is her fifth play to hit the New York Theatre scene in a little over two years (others include: The Locals [wrote/acted in] at The Jewel Box Theatre, Copse, [wrote/directed] for the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Ruptured [wrote/acted in] for Manhattan Rep.).
Emily is an avid traveler, constantly looking to explore new places, cultures and people, which serves as the inspiration for a lot of her work.
GREGORY CIOFFI (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) - Actor, Writer, Producer
As a professional actor, Greg is currently touring as Tony in "Tony n Tina's Wedding" as well as being a core actor in the upcoming television show "The Godfather of Harlem" starring Forest Whitaker and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Other recent acting credits include portraying notorious gangster Tommy Lucchese in AMC's mini-series The Making of the Mob. Last year Greg was seen on stage in Trefftpunkt as a part of the 2017 Strawberry One-Act Festival where he won a Best Actor award. He has been seen on stage as Antonio Garcia in Adrift: Hoes on the High Seas and before that he portrayed Laertes in Hamlet, for which he was nominated for Best Actor for the 2013 BroadwayWorld Long Island Awards. He has starred in award-nominated short films such as Silenced and The Interview and films he has acted in have been screened at numerous festivals around the country.
His short stories have been published in The Feral Press, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Aphelion, and Allegory Ridge.
Greg’s first film, The Museum of Lost Things, just recently won awards at both The Long Island International Film Expo and The Madrid International Film Festival.
Greg and Emily's production company! We recently debuted cinematically with the award winning film The Museum of Lost Things and have other promising projects in the pipeline, including (hopefully!) this one!
What We Need From You
The resources we receive from this fundraiser will allow us to hire a film crew, rent equipment, edit the film (including color correction), hire a composer for an original musical score, receive post sound design, enter film festivals, and create marketing materials!
We want to see this through the right way so by you helping us, we can ensure you that you will view a finished film that you can say was made thanks to your efforts! Any amount you contribute, whether it's $10, $25, or if you want to be a lifesaver, $1000; it all helps us tell this moving and very relevant story- it's very much appreciated!
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Risks and challenges
There are always risks when creating a film, which can range from uncooperative weather, difficulties in securing a location, obtaining permits, etc. Yet, we always find a way to overcome and persevere without sacrificing quality. One thing is guaranteed, however; if you are gracious enough to donate your hard-earned money, you will not be disappointed in the end result.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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