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This film is an intimate portrait of an artist whose work has given language and permission to thousands of people to live their lives.
This film is an intimate portrait of an artist whose work has given language and permission to thousands of people to live their lives.
440 backers pledged $24,577 to help bring this project to life.

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People who know and love Kate Bornstein and her work can't believe that a film about her has never been made.  She has been an inspirational figure for decades, motivating entire generations of gender outlaws and queers. Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger offers fans new angles from which to consider her achievements, as well as introduces a new audience to this vibrant artist whose lively spirit is needed now more than ever.

I've been working closely with Kate since the Fall of 2010 filming her on tour, at home, and around NYC.  It's time for her story to be on the big screen - we need your support to make this possible.

The majority of the filming has been completed. All funds raised through Kickstarter will go towards a portion of production costs, including:

  • filming Kate on tour this summer
  • editing a rough cut of the feature

A 10-minute teaser of the film has screened to rave reviews (in London at FrinGe! and in NYC at PS1 MOMA and Dixon Place), increasing the buzz for the film. People are really excited to see the feature! 

Synopsis of the film:

Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger is an intimate portrait of an artist that illuminates one of gender theory’s most influential minds. This film is not a biographical report on someone’s life, nor is it a linear story.  Rather, it is an evocative study of a human being and an exploration of form and content that reflects the complexities of Kate and her world.  Engaging with Kate’s personal and public persona, the film captures her multifaceted, sometimes contradictory, and always charming personality, which has won the hearts of people worldwide, while also alienating others.

Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger explores Kate’s artistic practice, her influences and the way she has created language, space, and permission for generations of people to live their lives outside traditional frameworks of gender, politics, and art.

Kate’s life journey as a shape shifter, gender theorist, and survivor of great depression offers provocative new ideas on the nature of art, community, and what it means to be queer and transgender.

As of 6/1/12 we reached out Kickstarter goal of $20,000! AMAZING! And, this will cover filming Kate this summer and editing a rough cut. Can't believe the support! BUT we still need MORE to make this movie happen.

  • Hire an editor for the final cut(15k - 20k) 
  • Score the film (3k-5k)
  • Color correction (6k)
  • Audio Mix (10k)
  • Promo (5k)
  • Distro (3k-5k)
If you want to be part of this important film, please support us in any way you can. NOTHING is too small.

XO,
Sam

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    [STICKER + SONG] Kate Bornstein’s famous “Get Out of Hell Free” card is now a beautiful, screen-printed sticker. Wear it with pride while you jam out to her ridiculously fun song, “Tranny of Assisi,” – a dance track about Kate and her herd.

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    [STICKER + SONG + CD] Everything in the $5 package, PLUS an album from Athens Boys Choir, “Bar Mitzvah Superhits.”

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    [STICKER + SONG + MAGICAL MYSTERY CD] Everything in the $5 package,
    PLUS a SURPRISE CD from one of Kate's talented twibe! You'll love it,
    we promise!

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    [STICKER + SONG + CD] Everything in the $5 package, PLUS an album from Sabrina Chap "We Are the Parade."

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    [DVD for EARLY BIRDS]
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    [STICKER + SONG + DVD] Everything in the $5 package, PLUS A limited edition, beautifully packaged DVD of the film.

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    [STICKER + SONG + DVD + TEE] Everything in the $40 package, PLUS a hand screen-printed T-shirt!
    We will be running a campaign where all backers vote on submitted T-shirt designs for the official Movie T-Shirt.

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    [STICKER + SONG + DVD + PRINT] Everything in the $40 package,
    PLUS a LIMITED EDITION PRINT of a Santiago Felipe photograph of Kate
    taken for the May 2, 2012 edition of The Village Voice.

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    [STICKER + SONG + TEE + THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS + SIGNED DVD]
    Everything in the $50 package, PLUS a DVD of the film signed by Kate AND a "thank you" in the film credits!

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    [STICKER + SONG + TEE + THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS + SIGNED DVD + STILL]
    Everything in the $100 package, PLUS an original, 8x10 still from the film.

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    [STICKER + SONG + TEE + THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS + SIGNED DVD + PHOTO BOOK] Everything in the $100 package, PLUS a signed, limited edition book of photos that Kate has taken and compiled herself, specifically as a companion to the film!

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    [STICKER + SONG + TEE + THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS + SIGNED DVD + ASK AUNTIE KATE] Everything in the $100 package, PLUS a Skype session with Kate! Ask her anything you want! Need advice? Storytelling? Guidance? Ask Auntie Kate in this individual or group Skype session!

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    [STICKER + SONG + TEE + THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS + SIGNED DVD + PREVIOUS WORKS] Everything in the $100 package, PLUS a DVD of ALL three of Kate’s previous plays, directed and performed in San Francisco in the 1980s.

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    [STICKER + SONG + TEE + THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS + SIGNED DVD + LOMO CAMERA] Everything in the $100 package, PLUS a custom designed, individualized lomography Diana F+ camera! Kate will customize this camera herself just for you! Take Auntie Kate with you on your adventures, and capture them on film!

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    [STICKER + SONG + TEE + THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS + SIGNED DVD +
    PORNOGRAPHIZED TALE] Everything in the $100 package, PLUS Kate will
    pornographize any well-known fairy tale of your choosing. Get some
    personalized porn!
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    [YOU’RE A PRODUCER!] Everything in the $100 package, PLUS an advanced home screening of the film AND Producer credit!

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    [YOU’RE A STAR!] Everything in the $5000 package, PLUS Kate and Sam will come to YOU (anywhere in the US or Canada) to film a scene with you to include in the final version of the movie!

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    [YOU’RE AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!] Everything in the $5000 package, PLUS Kate and director Sam Feder will come to YOU (anywhere in the US or Canada) for dinner, AND Executive Producer credit!

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