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A documentary film where the title says it all, except… They are housemates and were diagnosed in the same month.
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We are going for another stretch. 

We are so grateful for your great response to our campaign. We're making the best of the remaining days of the campaign by trying to get as close as we can to reach our film budget of $25,000! 

The Story

What are the chances? That we, two good friends, housemates, and transgender activists, were diagnosed with “lady cancer”—one with breast cancer and the other with ovarian cancer—in the same month? This freaky coincident compelled us to tell our cancer journeys of interacting with individual healthcare providers and the complex health care institutions. 

The Filmmakers

Brooks Nelson, an experienced filmmaker and founder of Boxxo Productions. He made Switch: A Community in Transition, a documentary that explores the impact of a gender transition not on the individual going through transition but on the surrounding community of family, friends, co-workers, and others.

As an advocate of transgender justice, Yee Won Chong gave a TEDx talk, Beyond the Gender Binary, weaving his personal story about being an immigrant and transgender with practical tips on how to be a good ally. Yee Won also provide transgender inclusion training to workplaces and college campuses.

The Plan

Our plan is to take the awesome footage we have been gathering for a year and edit it into roughly 30-40 minutes. We will have it completed within 6-12 months and market it to festivals, medical practitioners, and higher education. Lastly, we will write an accompanying study and resource guide to help meet our impact goals.

The Goals of the Documentary

Our goals with this project are to:

  • talk to trans masculine people about advocating for ourselves within healthcare institutions; 
  • urge individual practitioners about providing competent care for trans-masculine people, our families, and allies; 
  • inspire practitioners to be our advocates driving change within healthcare institutions; 
  • let trans-masculine people, our families, friends, and allies know they are not alone in fighting cancer, sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia. We believe this will save lives as well as build compassion and understanding for people who live at the intersection of cancer and institutional oppressions.
With friends and family who helped Yee Won through chemotherapy and surgeries.
With friends and family who helped Yee Won through chemotherapy and surgeries.

How You Can Help

JULY 24: We reached our goal and also the second stretch goal! So we're making the best of the remaining days by trying to get as close as we can to reach our film budget of $25,000! 

JULY 19: Thank you to all our generous backers for getting us to our goal in 3 weeks! We have two more weeks to go so we are stretching our goal to $13,000.

Our original goal covered post-production, but once the film is complete we need to make sure people see it! Marketing and distribution include website design, submission fees, and travel expenses to film festivals and conferences. So we are not resting quite yet!

We also need your help by spreading the word about TDWLC—share on your social network, email your friends and family members, casually bring it up to colleagues around the water cooler! And, if you know of places that may be interested in having us present and show this film let us know. Aside from film festivals, we are also targeting conferences, colleges, and health care institutions.

How We Can Thank You! 

 

Risks and challenges

Cancer is a big downer and one of the risks is that we are trying to talk about the intersection of cancer and institutional oppression in a way that is entertaining, engaging, and one of the biggest challenges - not totally depressing. We have approached this with some humor and want to share our journey without making light of others' experiences.
Another challenge is to talk about our extended family in a way that reflects how much we have learned and how grateful we are to have such an amazing community.

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