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Former lovers/best friends Jo & Carter, a trans woman & queer Black man, search for love, sex, & kinship in their native Chicago.
Former lovers/best friends Jo & Carter, a trans woman & queer Black man, search for love, sex, & kinship in their native Chicago.
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Set across Chicago, the T follows Jo and Carter, a young trans woman and queer Black man, as they learn how to be best friends in the wake of their romantic relationship, and Jo's transition.

the T is produced and developed by Full Spectrum Features (Signature Move, The Orange Story) and OTV | Open Television (Brown Girls, Brujos), and has the official support of the City of Chicago, which named Bea Cordelia & Daniel Kyri Chicago's Filmmakers-in-Residence for 2018.

We finished principal photography, and we are now preparing for post-production with Periscope Post & Audio (Empire, Sense8). We need your help to complete the series so that we can release it online, free and accessible to all audiences. 

All donations of $50 or more are tax-deductible.

Jo, a white trans woman craving an increasingly elusive intimacy, and Carter, a queer Black man at odds with his conservative upbringing, converge from opposite sides of Chicago for a magical New Year's Eve night. As hangovers fade, and the two friends face awkward hook-ups, nervous dates, and the unlikely pursuit of lasting love, at least they have each other. 

Told in small, quotidian moments—by turns private, public, quietly tragic, and painfully hilarious—the T tells realer-to-life stories about the LGBTQ community than are often portrayed in mainstream media.

We, Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri, are a white transgender woman & queer Black man working with other LGBTQ and allied artists. Our mission as creators is to tell new stories in new ways. 

As members of marginalized groups, we are painfully aware of the harmful stereotypes broadcast about our communities and the violence that too often follows. That's why we tell compassionate, complex, competent stories about diverse individuals: to give the dehumanized their humanity back. 

In 2016, Autostraddle published an analysis of all 105 US television portrayals of trans women to date, finding that trans women mostly "die or are dying, they kill other people or are killed…They are remarkably understanding when potential partners are disgusted by them…" Additionally, GLAAD's annual Where We Are on TV report found that in the 2016-2017 television season, a mere 0.96% of all series regulars on broadcast television were Black LGBTQ people.

the T fills this gap of sincere, nuanced representation about our communities. It is hilarious, heartfelt, sexy, and devastating.

BEA CORDELIA (Creator, Writer, Director, Producer, "Jo") 

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BEA CORDELIA is an award-winning, Chicago-bred, internationally slandered writer, filmmaker, performer, & activist whose work uplifts & reimagines the narratives of transgender people. Last year her “life-changing” solo show Chasing Blue featured in Steppenwolf Theatre’s LookOut performance series. In 2016 she developed her first multimedia installation The Cosmic Body in a University of Chicago Performance Lab residency through Salonathon, was made a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Creative Writing Fellow for her poem “The Future,” and made headlines for her lawsuit against the City of Chicago regarding its sexist & transphobic ordinance forbidding the exposure of breasts in establishments with liquor licenses. She is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

DANIEL KYRI (Creator, Writer, Director, Producer, "Carter")

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DANIEL KYRI is a Jeff Award-nominated actor, filmmaker, writer, and singer. He is featured on this season of Chicago Med and in Stephen Cone’s award-winning film Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, now streaming on Netflix. He has starred in productions at Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, and Goodman Theatres, and was most recently seen in Robert OHara’s production of Macbeth at Denver Center for Performing Arts. In 2017 he was named Chicago’s Best Actor by the Chicago Reader after his acclaimed leading role in Goodman’s Objects in the Mirror, and was awarded the Make a Wave grant from 3Arts. Kyri is also a founder and former curator of the Dojo Collective, partnering with local artists to produce POC, femme, and LGBTQ-centered interdisciplinary events and performances. He is represented by Stewart Talent.

EUGENE SUN PARK (Producer)

EUGENE SUN PARK is a filmmaker and producer working in narrative and experimental forms. His films have screened at over 200 festivals, micro-cinemas, museums, galleries, and alternative screening venues around the world, including SXSW, BAMcinemafest, Outfest, Frameline, Cleveland International Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Antimatter (Victoria, Canada), and DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Eugene is also the founder and executive director of Full Spectrum Features, a nonprofit dedicated to diversity in film and media. Current projects include Chicagoland Shorts, an annual touring program of short films that showcases the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers; Signature Move, a feature film produced with the support of the Tribeca Film Institute; and The Orange Story, a cinematic digital history project about Japanese American WWII incarceration funded by the National Park Service.

CHRISTOPHER REJANO (Director of Photography)

Born and raised in the shadows of Detroit, CHRISTOPHER REJANO has forged a career in feature film, commercials, and music videos. Versed in early MTV, skateboard videos, and American independent cinema, Rejano’s approach to aesthetic is one influenced by the necessity of proper storytelling and not by the pitfalls of following the latest trends. Often cited for a hearty midwestern work ethic has resulted in his work being featured at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Berlinale, and Tribeca Film Festival. Rejano is a member of International Cinematographers Guild Local 600, and won Best Cinematography at the Midwest Independent Film Festival for Signature Move.

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Risks and challenges

Our premiere is scheduled for June 18, which is less than two months away. It’s a very tight timeline for us to complete editing and all post-production for an entire web series, but we’re confident that with your help we can rise to the challenge. We’re working closely and tirelessly with the editor and post team at Periscope Post & Audio, and a successful campaign will ensure on-time delivery for the world premiere of "the T."

Additionally, once we hit our initial goal, we will add stretch goals and use any additional funds raised for marketing the series and touring with it to film festivals around the country.

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