Man Made

A FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY TRACING THE VARIED LIVES OF FOUR TRANSGENDER MEN, AS THEY PREPARE TO STEP ON STAGE AT THE ONLY ALL-TRANS BODYBUILDING COMPETITION IN THE WORLD.

Director's STATEMENT
T cooper

 

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As a trans man and best-selling author, journalist, television-writer, and activist, I have been telling stories in both the mainstream and indie realms for more than 20 years. Now, in the feature-length documentary MAN MADE, I am taking an in-depth, authentic dive into the female-to-male (FTM) transgender experience via a new (actual) lens.

During this particular cultural and political moment, when protections for transgender people (and so many others) are being rolled back at alarming rates, and when violence against trans people is surging, and when a vociferous segment of the population—not to mention a new administration—is challenging our very right to exist as humans (i.e. use a toilet, have access to safe health care, or possess legal ID), I believe that this project and ones like it are more vital than ever. MAN MADE is unabashedly trans-made, offering unique and relevant transgender stories, which emerge from the inside out, as opposed to from the outside looking in.

Like the subjects of this film, I know what’s involved in making the life-altering decision to turn yourself into the person you know you are, despite the world telling you for your whole life prior that you are something else. Even though I am not a bodybuilder per se, I know what it means to envision and then actually take steps to build the body—and life—that you want. So in some ways, this is my story. But it is also the story of anybody who has done what it takes to become the person s/he is meant to be.

If we keep telling our stories, it will be harder and harder to erase us.

 

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