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FLOAT is a short underwater film with trans folks swimming naked set to music by Rae Spoon.
FLOAT is a short underwater film with trans folks swimming naked set to music by Rae Spoon.
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Hello and thanks so much for checking out my Kickstarter page!

My name is Sam and I'm a queer/trans filmmaker in Berkeley, CA. My new film FLOAT is a 4 minute experimental short film, shot completely underwater, featuring trans and genderqueer people, swimming naked, set to music by trans musician Rae Spoon. It is inspired by experiences I've had swimming with other trans people, which is a very rare and special thing because of the complicated relationship lots of trans folks have with their bodies, especially in the context of swimming, bathing suits etc. This film is a symbol of hope for the community and an opportunity for gender-variant folks to be themselves, human beings enjoying the magic and beauty of the water. The film is also unique because we had a completely trans cast and queer/trans crew!

Avery, our fearless scuba diving cinematographer!
Avery, our fearless scuba diving cinematographer!

This is a project of love and it was an unbelievable amount of work, time and money to pull off our shoot, so we're asking for your support to cover a majority of the costs. Some of the costs included renting a house with a heated pool for the shoot where we could have complete privacy and comfort of all, renting a ton of scuba gear for our cinematographer and on-set dive safety officer, paying our cast and crew stipends and feeding them really good food, buying underwater housing for the camera, and paying Rae Spoon for the rights to use their music.

Our beautiful private location!
Our beautiful private location!

By donating to our project, you'll not only be helping to bring FLOAT to the big screen, but you'll also get some really cool rewards! You can watch the film online, watch the companion documentary online, get a fun FLOAT button to show your love, get your name in the credits, get a DVD of Sam's film GENDERBUSTERS, attend a yoga class led by cast member, Sparkle, get a swimming lesson with cast member, Alic, get a voice lesson with and cd by Eli Conley, watch movies at Frameline: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, attend the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Gala in San Francisco, and attend the Gender Odyssey Conference, the inspiration for the film, in Seattle! You can also enjoy yummy baked goods donated by local supporters that can either be shipped to you or picked up in person depending on your location.

Cast member Sparkle's yoga classes are a great reward!
Cast member Sparkle's yoga classes are a great reward!

Please help us bring FLOAT to the big screen by donating to our campaign and sharing this page with your friends on social media. Here's to making trans art by trans artists! Thank you so much for your support!

Our phenomenal cast!
Our phenomenal cast!

You can also watch the Kickstarter video here: http://youtu.be/gtzAPQpXP10

Connect with us on Social Media: www.facebook.com/floatthemovie #floatthemovie www.donutfilms.org @donutfilmsam

Risks and challenges

I took a big leap when I decided to make this film and was thrilled to see all the pieces come together. We have overcome a ton of challenges to see this film through to completion (including multiple test shoots, a ton of camera research, securing a private location for the shoot, postponing due to inclement weather etc.) and at this point we are looking for support to help cover the costs we've already incurred in production, as well as post-production costs associated with color correction, sound mix, and film festival submission fees. We feel very confident in our ability to complete this film and share it with the world!

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    A Huge Thank you for supporting Queer and Trans Artists! + Your Name in the credits of the film.

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    A Huge Thank you, Your Name in the credits + a FLOAT Button!

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    Special access to Watch FLOAT Online, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    2 months online subscriptions to CrashPad! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    Yoga Class for you and a friend with cast member Sparkle! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!
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    Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Oakland, CA

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    VIP pass to Eros! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    TWO VIP passes to Eros for you and a special friend! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!
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    Baked Goods! Enjoy baked goods (bagels, brownies, or cookies), for pick up or shipped anywhere in the US! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    See movies! Frameline Film Festival Vouchers for you and a friend! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    GENDERBUSTERS DVD including Sam's other film PERCEPTION and other fun extras! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    Private swim lesson with FLOAT cast member, Alic Shook! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!
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    Lessons are in the Bay Area, CA

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    $100 credit to The Perfect Sidekick in Oakland. In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    Private Singing Lesson with Eli Conley + Eli's CD! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!
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    Lesson is in Oakland, CA

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    Tickets to Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Gala! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    $150 credit to Slick & Dapper Barber Shop in Oakland. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slick-and-Dapper-Barber-Shop/257818557668690) In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    Lunch with FLOAT Director Sam Berliner! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!
    Lunch in the Bay Area, CA
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    One pass to the Gender Odyssey Conference in Seattle, WA, August 20-23, 2015! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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    STILL AVAILABLE! One pass to the Gender Odyssey Conference in Seattle, WA, August 20-23, 2015! In addition to special access to Watch FLOAT Online AND the Behind-the-Scenes Companion Documentary, A Huge Thank You, Your Name in the credits + a Float Button!

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