Frequently Asked Questions
There is a long ongoing debate over the difference between pornography and erotica. One commonly held definition of "porn" is material that reduces people to sexual objects, that promotes unrealistic expectations around sex and bodies, that relies on harmful and sexist depictions, that has poor or abusive working conditions, and that has no redeeming political or artistic content. I would argue that my work is the polar opposite of this. The very goal of this project is to depict the intimate humanity of trans women and their partners. It is true that this project does contain honest and empowering sexually explicit material, which many people define as “erotica.” Others may call this “feminist porn.” This is an argument over language that I will not get into here. What is important is that there are many examples of past Kickstarter projects which contain this positive type of sexually explicit material. Kickstarter supported these projects with the condition that no sexually explicit material was displayed on the Kickstarter page, a condition that I am respecting. Ultimately, each person defines the terms “erotica” and “porn” in their own way. I simply ask that my work be judged on the value and honesty of its content, rather than what label might be applied to it.Last updated:
Cis, or cisgender/cissexual simply means someone who is not trans or transgender/transsexual. It is a value neutral alternative to previous terms such as "normal," "biological," or "genetic," which all imply that trans people are less normal, less biological, or less genetic. The term cis and trans are both Latin prefixes that are used in other areas of language, such as science and geography.Last updated:
They're coming. This initial footage was put together without casting a large net or doing any specific outreach - they were opportunities that arose from my personal networks while traveling. But I'm planning on putting out a casting call in the next week or so with a specific emphasis on reaching trans women of color and people of color in general, straight trans women, and trans women with male partners (cis or trans), because my previous work has failed to adequately represent these groups.Last updated:
If the project reaches 8k there will be subtitles. Subtitles are very important for accessibility. Why aren't they a given from the get-go?
We're committed to making this film accessible and will make an effort to include subtitles whether we reach this $8,000 goal or not. In our last film we were fortunate to get an amazing volunteer who did all of the subtitles without pay. Given the time consuming nature of subtitling, it really helped that that film had a script. This film will have a lot more dialog, will be completely unscripted, and will be two (or potentially three) feature length films worth of subtitling. This is a major commitment, and one that we believe deserves compensation if at all possible. If we don't reach the $8,000 goal, we will try to find one or more volunteers to help us make the subtitles happen. However, hiring someone means that they can give us their dedicated time to do a high quality and complete job that they might not be able to do for a volunteer position.Last updated:
No problem! For all backers, after the campaign is over you'll get a survey asking you what name you want listed. You can put your name, a psuedonym, a friend's name (with their consent), or just type "Anonymous."Last updated:
Pledge $5 or more and you can have their name listed on the website
Pledge $40 or more and you can be listed in the film credits as a Kickstarter Backer
Pledge $150 or more and you can be listed in the film credits and on IMDb as a Contributing Producer
Pledge $250 or more and you can be listed in the film credits and on IMDb as an Associate Producer
Pledge $500 or more and you can be listed in the film credits and on IMDb as an Executive Producer
I would have updated the $150 and $250 level rewards to specify this, but because some people have already claimed those rewards I don't have access to change them.Last updated:
Is that a trailer? You should improve the sound / production values / conveyance of emotion / font choice / etc.
Thanks for your feedback, there certainly are a lot of things we hope to improve, but to begin I want to clarify that the above IS NOT A TRAILER. It is a series of clips without touch ups from footage that was shot before the concept for the film was completely fleshed out. The finished product will have a year or more of improvements.
Even then I'm sure it won't be perfect or there may be many potential improvements to be made. It's easy to envision an idea; it's completely different to bring it into reality. I've found in any creative process it's easy to be dragged down by what a project could be, endlessly re-drafting, re-shooting, and never releasing anything. I want to see this idea become a reality. Obviously I want it to be the best that it can be and feedback and criticism is welcomed, especially when paired with offers of help, connections, resources, or other support. But please keep in mind that the clip above is not presented as the apex of my abilities. And some decisions have been made specifically with this campaign in mind rather than as the final product. For example, while outlined impact font may not be the best for a film title screen, it is rather useful for a kickstarter project image - especially when the image is commonly shrunk to 200x150 pixels.Last updated:
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