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Gina Hole LazarowichBy Gina Hole Lazarowich
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Gina Hole LazarowichBy Gina Hole Lazarowich
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About

"Krow's TRANSformation" Documentary:

We need your help to bring Krow's story to the world and hopefully help people and even educate people with his amazing 3 year transformation story, thank you...

OFFICIAL TRAILER:

My Kickstarter Plea:

Hello, my name is Gina Hole Lazarowich and I am the director & producer of the documentary, "Krow's TRANSformation".  I am so incredibly thrilled to be sharing with you the very first peek, not only of our documentary trailer, but also allowing me to introduce you to our amazing documentary subject KROW, and as well invite you to be a part of Krow's amazing 3 year journey from 'female' model to male model.

(Here is the same Plea video as up top, but this links to YouTube to share):

HOW IT STARTED:

Krow previously working as a 'female' model...
Krow previously working as a 'female' model...
PHOTO: KROW as a young 'female' model
PHOTO: KROW as a young 'female' model

 SHOOTING BEGAN SEPTEMBER 2015:

PHOTO: KROW's 1st shoot day, TONY PANTAGES (Camera)

This is an up-close and personal film about Krow, who once was a female model from ages 12-18. In 2015, Krow and his mom Lisa, approached me to produce Krow's very LAST photo shoot as a 'female' model. I was blown away by his courage of becoming his true self as a male and immediately said "yes, of course"! After sleeping on it, I asked them both if they would consider allowing me to follow them and to document Krow's extraordinary journey through his transition, and all of the outcomes along the way...and they said 'yes'! I say "they" as I follow both Krow & his mom Lisa, who's story is equally important showing the parent's side of transitioning.

WHAT IS THIS FILM REALLY ABOUT?

I have referred to this documentary throughout the 3 year shoot, almost as a 'how to' transition. We show the day-to-day 'tasks' at hand of what (and how) it takes to transition from a female body to becoming male; 1st Testosterone shots, gender marker changes, 1st shave, surgeries (including full breast removal), and all the highs and lows that go with this very brave journey. We did as well have a lot of laughs over the years of shooting, as Krow is just so 'happy' to be transitioning...but we do tackle the tough stuff, emotions and stories of what life was like prior to making the decision to becoming his authentic self. We also share other brave stories, some heartbreaking, of some amazing individuals like Kas Baker (Krow's Trans Mentor) with wife Emily, and Ashton, whom is also Transgender and has been Krow's best friend since elementary school, where they both attended as 'little girls'...

PHOTO: KROW & ASHTON with Camera SHAUN LAWLESS & Sound MARLOWE SHEPPARD
PHOTO: KROW & ASHTON with Camera SHAUN LAWLESS & Sound MARLOWE SHEPPARD

...and what an outcome! Oh wait until you see it, as a documentary filmmaker it is quite possibly one of the most satisfying and amazing life TRANSformation's one could personally witness and document, it shows that if you have the courage to transition, great things can happen to you!

HERE'S THE CATCH!

I jumped into making this film with NO FUNDING, I had an opportunity and had to 'seize the moment' and run with it! So started off on our own, with the exception of donations from a camera/lighting rental store (Beau Photo in Vancouver, Canada), some crew donating their time, and stealing money from savings & working on productions to pay hard costs, I managed to stay afloat for THREE YEARS of shooting. But now the money has run out and I NEED TO FINISH THIS FILM, and post production is not cheap. We have the final principal photography to pay, all post production editing, music licensing, sound, colour, mix, promotions and festivals to enter...SO WE NEED YOUR HELP to become a part of Krow's journey, to get his story told and out there for the world to see.

On a very serious note I hope by the positive nature of this documentary, and Krow's reveal to the world that transitioning "isn't as scary as they thought", hopefully we can help many kids, teens & adults going through this alone...maybe even save a life.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INVOLVED WITH THE PROJECT?

Spread the word via social media! While the fundraising is a critical part of our focus right now, we also want to engage the community in any way possible. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, share our story on your own blog or social media (tag us at @krowstransformation), and keep an eye out throughout our campaign for other messages and for the screening and release dates. Check out content with our hashtag #krowstransformation  and #krowthedoc and Krow's own personal pages @krowwithak #krowwithak

PHOTO: (L-R) EMILY SEAL, KAS BAKER, GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH (Director/Producer), KELSEY SHEPPARD (Production Manager), JON THOMAS (Director of Photography) (front row) ASHTON SCIACALLO & KROW
PHOTO: (L-R) EMILY SEAL, KAS BAKER, GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH (Director/Producer), KELSEY SHEPPARD (Production Manager), JON THOMAS (Director of Photography) (front row) ASHTON SCIACALLO & KROW

SYNOPSIS:

"Never comfortable with “her” body or given name, Kayanna knew since childhood he was meant to be a boy. Struggling deeply with his identity throughout his youth, he adopted a new name – Krow.

At 12-years-old, Krow began a career as a globe-trotting “female” fashion model. While living a glamorous lifestyle, he never felt fully comfortable, despite the attention and praise lavished on him for his good looks.

At school he was seen as a tomboy and cruelly bullied for the way he dressed. Krow found solace in Animé conventions and cosplay, where he found like-minded people who accepted him for who he truly was, giving him new found confidence.

At 18, Krow embarked on the journey towards physically becoming a man. The first step was cutting off his ponytail and then pausing his career as a fashion model in order to begin the process of transitioning.

In a series of honest and often heart-breaking interviews, we see how Krow’s decision impacted those closest to him. His mother, Lisa, initially struggles with the revelation that her child wanted to transition. But, as she learns what it means for him, she begins to whole-heartedly embrace her son’s new life. Then there is Krow’s friend Ashton and his mentor Kas who share their own experiences of growing up in bodies they never felt comfortable in, as well as their personal journeys towards transition.

We witness the continual challenges faced by Krow, including hormone therapies and numerous invasive surgical procedures, such as breast removal and a hysterectomy.

As Krow grows in confidence in his new body, he returns to his career in the fashion industry, taking his first job as a male model on the runway at Paris Fashion Week."


PROJECT TIMELINE:

1st MEETING: August 2015

PHOTO (L-R): KELSEY SHEPPARD (Production Manager), LISA (Krow's Mom), KROW, GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH (Director/Producer)
PHOTO (L-R): KELSEY SHEPPARD (Production Manager), LISA (Krow's Mom), KROW, GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH (Director/Producer)

SHOOTING: September 2015 - October 2018

PHOTO: KROW'S last 'Female' photo shoot! With Photographer DEXTER QUINTO
PHOTO: KROW'S last 'Female' photo shoot! With Photographer DEXTER QUINTO
PHOTOS: Krow's last photo shoot as a 'female' model
PHOTOS: Krow's last photo shoot as a 'female' model
PHOTO: KROW with KAS BAKER with Director GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH, DP JON THOMAS & Sound VLAD FEDULOV
PHOTO: KROW with KAS BAKER with Director GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH, DP JON THOMAS & Sound VLAD FEDULOV
OUTTAKES throughout the 3 years of shooting
OUTTAKES throughout the 3 years of shooting
PHOTO: KAS BAKER & EMILY SEAL with Director GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH
PHOTO: KAS BAKER & EMILY SEAL with Director GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH

THAT'S A WRAP!: October 3, 2018

PHOTO: Director GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH with KROW in PARIS!
PHOTO: Director GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH with KROW in PARIS!

(Kickstarter Perks Photos):

BRACELET PERK
BRACELET PERK
CROW NECKLACE PERK
CROW NECKLACE PERK

POST PRODUCTION: November 2018 – February 2019

TO THE BIG SCREEN: "COMING SOON!" (to be announced in 2019)

MEET OUR CREW!:

Director & Executive Producer – Gina Hole Lazarowich
Producer & Filmmaker, Gina Hole Lazarowich has worked in the entertainment industry since her teenage years. Calling on a career’s-worth of experience in film and fashion, Gina recently added executive producer to her credits with her first short film, “TOM and GRANT,” written, directed, executive produced and starring, Tom Cavanagh, director and star of the hit CW hit series, “The Flash”. “TOM and GRANT” went onto win the ‘Best Comedy Short” awards at both the Manhattan Film Festival and Jersey Shore Festivals, “Audience Favorite” at the Nantucket Film Festival, the winner of 8 top awards including the #1 position of “Best in Show” at the Short Film Awards in LA. The short was also nominated in 5 categories including ‘Best Short Film’ at the LEO Awards.

Gina’s latest project, her documentary “Krow's TRANSformation,” follows the three-year journey of a transgender former ‘female’ teen model into his true self and sees Gina adding director to her executive producer credit. “Krow's TRANSformation” is currently in the post-production phase and is slated for release in 2019. A native of Vancouver, Canada, during Gina’s former career she worked as a key makeup artist in film, television, photography & fashion for nearly 25 years, and spent five years as a celebrity makeup artist in Hollywood. Her work has appeared on magazine covers, print advertising, music videos, commercials, indie and feature films. In 2004, Gina hung up her brushes to scout and launch Western Canada’s first professional artist, photo and film agency, THEY Produce. As the agency grew, Gina opened Sugar Studios, a 3,400-square-foot rental space in Vancouver that offered professional, Los Angeles-caliber studio facilities to photographers and major studios. Gina produced photo shoots for magazines such as Variety, Vogue, GQ, InStyle and TV Guide as well as gallery and video shoots for 20th Century Fox (“X-Men Apocalypse”), Interview Magazine (Frida Pinto) and BBC America (“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”). Gina currently has 3 other projects ‘in development’ for the large and small screens.

Editor: Robert Postma
Robert Postma is an experienced post production editor living in Vancouver BC, doing business under the name Robert Postma Creative Services. His documentary credits includes, ‘Green Pieces’ (Leo Award Nomination), ‘Cuba Ball’, ‘Who the Jew Are You?’, ‘Rinks of Hope-Project Mongolia’. Robert is currently working on the feature length documentary ‘Krow's TRANSformation’ which follows a teen ‘female’ model’s transition to becoming his true authentic self, not just as a transgender male, but also becoming an androgynous male model.

Director of Photography: Jon Thomas
Jon is Vancouver based Director of Photography and a member of the International Cinematographer's Guild, ICG local 669. Jon's works locally as a camera operator on a variety of network television shows including, "The Good Doctor", "The Exorcist" and "Once Upon A Time". On the independent circuit, Jon has shot documentary and narrative projects around the globe: everywhere from Kigali to Seoul, Toronto to Beijing, Southern Italy to Northern Canada and right at home in Vancouver. He is currently working on a long form documentary project with Director Gina Hole Lazarowich of THEY Film, entitled "Krow's TRANSformation". Jon is keen story teller, and thoroughly enjoys being involved with projects with a social conscience.

Original Score: Red Heartbreaker Red Heartbreaker is a multiple award-winning composer with a split musical personality. From composing for screen and stage, singing in everything from chamber choirs to rock tribute stage shows and even coaching actors to sing for screen, Red is thirsty to keep it fresh.
Red was proud to accept multiple Leo Award nominations for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture for her work in White Raven (Dir. Andrew Moxham - White Buffalo Films) and Charlotte’s Song (starring Iwan Rheon & Katelyn Majer - Done Four Productions) culminating in a win for the latter picture - along with her music team colleague Maya Saxell, they were the first female composers ever nominated/awarded in that category. She net a "Best Music" gong at the 2017 Seattle Web Fest for her work in webseries "Telegraph Cove", and was proud to be selected as panel favourite at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival’s inaugural blind composition challenge, featuring such esteemed panelists as Janine Scalise Boyd (VF Music, Starz Entertainment) Tony Scudellari (SVP TV Music, Sony TV) and Julie Weitz (EP/President, Carol Mendelsohn Productions/Sony Pictures Television).
While Red’s 30-year vocal career is rooted in classical training, Red comes alive when she performs rock and soul. She is a sought-after guest soloist with groups ranging from men’s choirs to rock bands, a featured performance at the 2017 Leo Awards, and in 2016, began producing records of a few select bands. Nothing is off the table.

Producer: Denise Parkinson
Denise Parkinson is the Entertainment Director, Global and UK, for the Telegraph Media Group. She has more than 20 years’ experience in all aspects of marketing and distribution in the British and international film distribution industry. She began her career at the legendary Palace Pictures, followed by roles at United Pictures and more than a decade as head of film at Emap. Other recent roles include Director of International Marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Disney, ABC and ESPN, and Global Entertainment Director for Yahoo!

Production Manager: Kelsey Sheppard

Kelsey has been the production manager from the beginning of this project, right to the end, and past! Her over 3 years managing the documentary “Krow's TRANSformation” has been invaluable, she has coordinated every shoot, every bit of travel and every chicken nugget run for Krow. She also has 4+ years coordinating all film, video & photography productions for THEY Produce & Film and was the Assistant Production Coordinator for the Short Film, "TOM and GRANT".

PHOTO: The Film Crew in PARIS! (L-R) ANTON THOMAS (Sound), JON THOMAS (DP), KROW & GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH (Director)
PHOTO: The Film Crew in PARIS! (L-R) ANTON THOMAS (Sound), JON THOMAS (DP), KROW & GINA HOLE LAZAROWICH (Director)

THANK YOU!!
...We appreciate you taking the time to learn about Krow's TRANSformation, and hope that you'll consider donating to help with the final push bring this project to life. We can NOT do it without you!!         -Gina Hole Lazarowich, Director & Executive Producer #krowstransformation

Risks and challenges

We know that many of you have donated to passion projects in the past and still, months or even years later, are waiting to see the finished product. We promise that's not the case this time! Krow's TRANSformation is in the home stretch of finishing and is SLATED FOR RELEASE IN FILM FESTIVALS IN THE SPRING...we just need your help for that FINAL push to get through all of our post production.

Please help us get Krow’s story to the big screen, we cant wait to share his remarkable story with you! xo

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