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By André Pérez
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About this project

America in Transition is a documentary series exploring community, family, and faith for trans people of color across the United States. Director, Andre Perez, is a latinx, genderqueer transmasculine person from the South who started this project two years ago because he wanted to return to return home and work with local folks to shed light on what it’s like to live there during the tumult of social change. He gathered trans leaders from black and brown communities from the south and Midwest, asking the question--what would a transformative documentary look like? What would it be about? Who would be in it? America in Transition is born from the answers to those questions. 

Trans people have been fighting for their right to exist in the south for a long, and recent attacks on rural trans communities extends far beyond bathrooms. We want to shed light on what life is really like for a latinx veteran, a trans woman living with HIV in Arkansas, a two-spirit artist on a mission of cultural preservation, a trans woman who fled to the United States after receiving death threats from the police, and more.

America in Transition is more than a series, it’s a community engagement campaign that is hosting discussions and screenings in places where we most need to have these conversations--churches, high schools, rural community centers. We plan to develop an interactive platform and releasing curriculums and workshops that will serve as tools for local organizers who want to activate allies in their own communities. The time is now. Only by joining forces can we challenge ourselves and one another to make a place for trans folks everywhere. Show us that #WeBelong by making a tax-deductible donation today.

 

 

Risks and challenges

America in Transition is an ambitious project with many parts and so the main risk is that we will not have the access to resources to finish a later stage of the project (and make a real impact). We are asking you for help finishing the production phase because we need help to get over this hump. Several backers have already come on board to help with the later stages of the project such as Sundance, Arcus Fund, Trans Justice Funding Project, GLAAD, and Propeller Fund. We are confident that we will be even better positioned to get institutional support once we have our episodes completed.

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    Social Media Shout Out

    Tell the world that you love and support trans people of color. We will tag you and shout out to you (or someone of your choosing) on our social media platform.

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    Handwritten Thank You & Name in Credits

    We appreciate you, and we look forward to telling you so through a handwritten card <3 We will also include you in the credits to the final three episodes of the series!

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    DJ Mixtape by DJ 12PM

    50-minutes of upbeat tracks mixed by DJ 12pm, including nu-soul, hip-hop, house and funk. DJ 12pm is a black trans man who hails from DC but is currently living in Athens, Georgia. A member of Black Transman Inc and a part of AIT’s Community Advisory Board from the inception, 12pm wants to share his love of music with you!

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    Have you ever wanted to peek behind of the curtains of an independent film? Here is your opportunity. Join us for the good, the bad, and the ugly as we work to make this dream a reality. You will gain access to exclusive footage including Director and crew commentary, full-length interviews, blooper reels, and more.

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    DVD Version of America in Transition

    For our old school fans, who want something to have and to hold, we will be releasing a limited-edition DVD run of the series once completed. It will be a perfect Christmahanakwanzasolstice gift.

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    Signed Compton's Cafeteria Riot Poster

    Get your very own copy of one of the original posters featured in the JustSeeds' Celebrate People’s History anthology. A perfect way to show your rebellious spirit, it describes the night trans sex workers of color stood up and fought back, launching our movement. The poster was designed by Director, André Pérez and he will sign it for you.

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    Autographed Copy of Black T Magazine

    Dezjorn Gauthier, the storyteller from Episode 2, if a powerhouse to be reckoned with! Not is he a law professor and model whose been featured in Barney's New York, but he just launched Black T, the first ever lifestyle magazine for black trans people. You'll get your very own Pride edition of the magazine with Dezjorn's autograph. He's only 25 now, so make sure you save it because we know it will be worth well more in the future. Learn more about the magazine here: https://dezjorn.com/btm/

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    #TBT Transition Photos

    Have you ever wanted to rewrite history for fun or serious? We are bringing to life the service featured on Transparent Season 2 by offering to change the gender of your favorite childhood photo. Our very own, André Pérez, will be photoshopping your photos. We will post your photo during #TBT on social media.

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    2 Hr Grassroots Fundraising Consultation

    In one year of fundraising for the Trans Lifeline, André Pérez brought the budget from an 84K a year organization to a 400K with 90% individual online donations. Whether you run an organization yourself or you want to share a perk with your favorite group. In either one two-hour or two one-hour strategy sessions, Perez will help you develop better practices for online fundraising, share tips that worked from his experience and/or make a plan to help you stay connected with a broad base of people who love what you do!

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    VIP Home Screening with Video Q&A

    Are you the kind of person who hates to wait? America in Transition won’t be online until November 2017, but you can have your own VIP experience for you and your friends. We will share an online link for you to screen at your home. You'll also get your own opportunity to be Diane Sawyer during a 30-minute video talk back with a member of AIT’s creative team.

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    Community Screening with Virtual Q&A

    Do you have a favorite organization that wants to create a dialogue about issues impacting trans people of color? You can host a pre-release screening for an organization of your choosing. We will share an online link for you to screen. You'll also get your own opportunity to be Diane Sawyer during a 30-minute virtual talk back with a member of AIT’s creative team.

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    Join us as we decide the future of the series! Participate in a live rough cut screening where you can be the first to see the work-in-progress and give your input to help make the episode great! Also get credited at the end of the episode. *Travel not included. Virtual participation is available.

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