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CROSS-DRESSER AND MIT PROFESSOR EMERITUS Dr. John Southard is featured in this film about the complexities and courage of "coming out".
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FOR THE HOURS LEFT OF THE CAMPAIGN, WE HAVE A STRETCH GOAL OF $3,000 TO COVER THE COSTS OF THE SOUND MIX, THE ONLINE, AND FESTIVAL FEES.  PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TODAY!!!!!

A Chance To Dress, a documentary about MIT Geology Professor Emeritus and open cross-dresser Dr. John Southard, is about the complexity of gender identity and the diversity of gender expression.  The film follows Dr. Southard and the challenges and difficulties he faced in the years after he came out as a cross-dresser.  Yet, his sense of excitement and liberation that he feels as an "out" cross-dresser  brings a complexity and humor to his relationships, especially with his wife Jean.   A Chance To Dress puts a human face on the phenomenon of cross-dressing and neutralizes the stigma against cross-dressers - allowing us to be aware of all of our possibilities and what it means to be human.

Dr. Southard's journey weaves a story that intersects gender presentation, acceptance, the immutability of established institutions and the ultimate affirmation of the human spirit.

The funds from your donation will help cover the costs of editing, animation, and music.

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WHO IS DR. JOHN “TEPHRA” SOUTHARD

Dr. John "Tephra" Southard
Dr. John "Tephra" Southard

Dr. John Southard spent the first years of his life in Virginia and later attended high school in New Jersey. In 1960 he graduated with a bachelors degree in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his doctorate in geology from Harvard University six years later. After a postdoctoral stay at Caltech, he joined the faculty at MIT, where he spent his entire career teaching and conducting research in sedimentary geology. Almost fifteen years ago, after a lifetime in the closet, Dr. Southard came out as a cross-dresser, by the name of “Tephra”. Since then, he has enjoyed a fuller, more complete life as he explores the liberation of his feminine side.

WHO IS ALICE DUNGAN BOUVRIE 

Director, Alice Dungan Bouvrie
Director, Alice Dungan Bouvrie

I have spent the last 25 years working in the film industry, initially as an Assistant Director on feature film and TV series, then producing and directing documentary films. I have a Master’s Degree in Film Production from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. I was a Director's Guild of America (DGA) Trainee, and now an active member in the DGA and Women in Film & Video New England. My past works include, Iditarod A Far Distant Place, Prison Pups and Thy Will Be Done. It was during the production of Thy Will Be Done, a film about a transsexual woman in her path to ordination in the Presbyterian Church, that I was inspired to make A Chance to Dress.

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 A Chance to Dress Tote Bag

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge that we've have faced in the development of this project has been reaching other members of the cross-dressing community. The act of cross-dressing is still frequently viewed with a negative stigma, causing many cross-dressers to keep their identity a secret. We hope this film will inspire other cross-dressers to be open about their true identity, and familiarize members of our society with the phenomenon of cross-dressing.

Another challenge we face in this campaign is that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition, so your donation will make or break this effort. If we don't raise the full amount, we get nada. So please tweet, post, and email this out to your friends to make this important film happen!

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    GORGEOUS HAND-KNIT NECKWARMER-COWL
    A lovely cowl in blue gradient, knit with 40% merino wool, 40% alpaca, 20% silk, donated and autographed by the artist and Tephra. Plus, heartfelt thanks on website and Facebook, updates, a "Chance to Dress" pen, and a DVD copy of "A Chance To Dress".

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    A ROCK WITH ACCOMPANYING DESCRIPTION FROM ONE OF DR. SOUTHARD'S GEOLOGICAL EXPEDITIONS.
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    DVDs OF FOUR FILMS.

    Two copies of "A Chance to Dress", and a copy of each of Alice's films: "Thy Will Be Done", "Prison Pups", and "Iditarod...A Far Distant Place". Plus, heartfelt thanks on website, Facebook and film credits, updates, a fabulous Tephra boa, and a "Chance to Dress" pen.

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    DINNER WITH JOHN/TEPHRA AND JEAN SOUTHARD

    Dinner at the director's home with John/Tephra and Jean Southard, (transportation not included). The dinner can be substituted with a Skype session for those who are unable to meet in person. Plus, heartfelt thanks on website, Facebook and film credits, updates, a fabulous Tephra boa, a "Chance to Dress" pen, a DVD copy of "A Chance To Dress", and a copy of each of Alice's films: "Thy Will Be Done", "Prison Pups", and "Iditarod...A Far Distant Place".

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT AND PRIVATE SCREENING

    Associate Producer credit in the film, and dinner with a private screening of "A Chance to Dress" with the director and John/Tephra and Jean Southard (transportation not included). Dinner can be substituted with a Skype session for those who are unable to meet in person. Plus, heartfelt thanks on website and Facebook, updates, a fabulous Tephra boa, a "Chance to Dress" pen, a DVD copy of "A Chance To Dress", and a copy of each of Alice's films: "Thy Will Be Done", "Prison Pups", and "Iditarod...A Far Distant Place".

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