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An independent documentary film project exploring gender variance. Founded, filmed & edited by Fox & Lewis (My Transsexual Summer, Ch4)

ralphfrancisfox:

We’ve been having chats with some movers and shakers at the BBC & Ch4. We are in the midst of creating 25 short films as part of Patchwork (My Genderation & All About Trans), some of which will be released in the next month!! In the meantime, here’s some screengrabs of some of our contributors: Luke, Sabah, Bex, Maki, Octavian, Alicia, Nathan and Oliva. All amazing people. 

We are having a soft launch at Ch4 HQ at the very end of July and two official launches at the BBC in September. Exciting times! 

BBC Fresh Reviews ‘Tayler: New Genderation’

Sharon Hepburn, BBC Fresh producer, says: 

"Raphael and Lewis, the filmmakers, made this film as part of a bigger project about trans issues. 

The storytelling in this film is the reason why I have chosen it as one of my Rated films. The central point of the story, the heart of it, is that Tayler is an ordinary person with an amazing and inspiring life-story and he is only 14! 

I particularly like the way the story is set up. The sequences of Tayler skateboarding, and playing with his dog, inform the viewer visually that this is an ordinary boy doing ordinary things. And up to 1 minute in, that’s the story. At this point, we learn that Tayler has always felt different. Delaying bringing in the main point of the story, after already establishing his ordinariness, serves to heighten the intrigue about what the story is about. 

Then we come to Tayler’s mum, another amazing person with an inspiring story to tell. The setting for this interview, amongst beautiful natural surroundings and in bright sunshine, helps with the uplifting story she is telling. It also allows the filmmakers to get some more sequences of Tayler messing about on the river like any kid of his age would. 

Raphael and Lewis have chosen to have the two interviews as separate sections within the film, when maybe a more conventional way of presenting this would be to have the interviews inter-cut with each other. It might still be interesting to see how this would work. On the other hand, I can appreciate why they might have made this choice. Tayler gets his chance to tell his own story, in his own way, without his mum, or anyone else interpreting or commenting upon it. 

The sequences also help to tell the story in a visual sense, they’re not just used as a way to cover the cuts in the interview sync. This is something that is really important in documentary filmmaking. (See our How 2 film called “Sequences: What are they?” for more on this - link below). 

The picture and sound quality in this film is spot on and, at just over 7 minutes long, New Genderation is a great example of what you can do with a short. It is tight and yet the story has been given time to breathe. Having said that, I can see how this could be developed into a longer film.”

Many thanks to BBC Fresh for all their support. View the film HERE

We are working closely with Channel 4 and our partners All About Trans as we produce our batch of 25 films (3 mins each in length) over the next few months. It’s a mammoth task, although completely rewarding. We meet at Ch4 HQ every 5 weeks until the end of July. Each film is about a unique and inspiring person in the UK who reveals to be much more than just their trans* status.

ralphfrancisfox:

Student Pride was brilliantly organised and it was a genuine thrill to see them focusing on the ‘T’ aspect this year. Here’s the link If you would like to watch the debate, chaired by Evan Davis (of Dragon’s Den & Radio 4’s Today show) 

Sadly, Lewis was unwell, so our bro Reuben stepped in last minute. We were also joined by Octavian, who will also be featured in the 25 new films we are making as part of Patchwork with All About Trans.

Earlier that day, we were interviewed by Dylan, an Irish trans-guy and film-maker. We had a fantastic chat about transition and the wave of change. Can’t wait to see the final edit. 

LGBT HISTORY MONTH: TRANS* FILM SUNDAY AT JUBILEE LIBRARY, 23RD FEB

On Sunday 23rd Feb, from 1.30pm, at the Jubilee Library, join Lewis & I for a special FREE film event. Trans* comedian and actor Ben Pritchard will be introducing the following trans* based films, created in Brighton & beyond:

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Trans*Symposium:  Fox, Alice and E-J discuss gender binary & whether it is important to be “out” or “stealth” as a trans* person. Produced by James Marcus Tucker and Michael Urwin. (15 mins)

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Filmed & edited by Raphael Fox and Lewis Hancox. We will be discussing the ‘My Genderation’ film project and showing some of our work. (25 mins)

Followed by:

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STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen is brought to life by the stories of six thoughtful, eloquent and diverse transmen. Each man brings a colourful and complex richness as he describes his relationship to himself, as well as others in his life. (78 minutes)

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Hope to see you there! Please share this post, thanks :)

12 Month Catchup Video & NEW My Genderation THEME TUNE :) 

My Genderation teams up with All About Trans: Please get involved in sharing your journey. Aimed at UK residents, although we would love for EVERYONE to get in touch.  

If you would like to take part, please fill out this form.

Enjoy the catchy theme tune (by the faaabulous Oliva Spleenand featuring Oliva, Alice & Reuben!!

Special thanks to Sam Calpeck for being 2nd camera

Thanks to everyone who has supported us, particularly Alonglines and Sophie Moore. 

We have an important announcement in the next couple weeks involving Channel 4 and On Road Media / All About Trans. This will be revealed in a short video, as we review the past 12 months and share our 2014 plans. It’s going to be a busy and rewarding year! Thanks to everyone for all their support  and love so far; it feels like the right time to be creating films about gender variance. 

Don’t forget to join our FB group: www.facebook.com/mygenderationdocumentaryfilm