Man Made

A feature length documentary about what it means to be a man, set in the world of transgender male bodybuilding.

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DOMINIC, 26 (St. Paul, MN) It's been a year for Dom, who after winning 3rd place in the 2015 bodybuilding competition (stepping on stage bare-chested, pre-top-surgery), began 2016 in a coma at a Minneapolis hospital. But Dom recovered sufficiently to go through with top surgery, meet his biological mother and half-siblings for the first time, and return to stage in the 2016 competition. An aspiring R&B singer/rapper and lyricist who recently broke up with a long-time fiancée, Dom makes ends meet by working as a dry-cleaning deliveryman and part-time landscaper.

DOMINIC, 26 (St. Paul, MN)

It's been a year for Dom, who after winning 3rd place in the 2015 bodybuilding competition (stepping on stage bare-chested, pre-top-surgery), began 2016 in a coma at a Minneapolis hospital. But Dom recovered sufficiently to go through with top surgery, meet his biological mother and half-siblings for the first time, and return to stage in the 2016 competition. An aspiring R&B singer/rapper and lyricist who recently broke up with a long-time fiancée, Dom makes ends meet by working as a dry-cleaning deliveryman and part-time landscaper.

RESE, 24 (Atlanta, GA) Rese has a 5-year old son (to whom he gave birth). In 2015, Rese shed 75 pounds and competed in bodybuilding for the first time, after which he moved to Denver and experienced a period of homelessness; shelters repeatedly turned Rese away because they didn't know where or how to house a transman. Rese is active in Black Lives Matter, has a new wife (a transwoman) and stepdaughter in Baltimore, where he intends to move with his son; Rese and his wife also plan on conceiving a child together (Rese will carry the baby).

RESE, 24 (Atlanta, GA)

Rese has a 5-year old son (to whom he gave birth). In 2015, Rese shed 75 pounds and competed in bodybuilding for the first time, after which he moved to Denver and experienced a period of homelessness; shelters repeatedly turned Rese away because they didn't know where or how to house a transman. Rese is active in Black Lives Matter, has a new wife (a transwoman) and stepdaughter in Baltimore, where he intends to move with his son; Rese and his wife also plan on conceiving a child together (Rese will carry the baby).

MASON, 41 (Cleveland, OH) One of a handful of FTM bodybuilders who competes in non-transgender bodybuilding competitions, Mason is married to love of his life Anne, a veterinarian, and living next door to his supportive mother-in-law, who recently lost her husband (a vital father figure to Mason, who is estranged from his own family--with the exception of a sister). Mason struggled with debilitating depression for many years, and was intermittently suicidal, until he transitioned and found adequate medical treatment. Works as an insurance claims adjuster and credits bodybuilding with saving his life.

MASON, 41 (Cleveland, OH)

One of a handful of FTM bodybuilders who competes in non-transgender bodybuilding competitions, Mason is married to love of his life Anne, a veterinarian, and living next door to his supportive mother-in-law, who recently lost her husband (a vital father figure to Mason, who is estranged from his own family--with the exception of a sister). Mason struggled with debilitating depression for many years, and was intermittently suicidal, until he transitioned and found adequate medical treatment. Works as an insurance claims adjuster and credits bodybuilding with saving his life.

PRESTON, 30 (Philadelphia, PA) No matter how big he gets, Preston still feels (and has always felt, even as a child), that he is too small. Preston works as an Uber driver in the Philly/NJ/Delaware area, and was in the National Guard for a short period before experiencing psychological difficulties and being discharged. Preston is a suicide survivor who still battles anxiety and depression, which he manages himself with a variety of strategies, (including bodybuilding). Preston juggles vexing familial relationships, except for his sister in Delaware, who just had a baby boy, to whom Preston is a proud and dedicated uncle. Preston is recently divorced.

PRESTON, 30 (Philadelphia, PA)

No matter how big he gets, Preston still feels (and has always felt, even as a child), that he is too small. Preston works as an Uber driver in the Philly/NJ/Delaware area, and was in the National Guard for a short period before experiencing psychological difficulties and being discharged. Preston is a suicide survivor who still battles anxiety and depression, which he manages himself with a variety of strategies, (including bodybuilding). Preston juggles vexing familial relationships, except for his sister in Delaware, who just had a baby boy, to whom Preston is a proud and dedicated uncle. Preston is recently divorced.

KENNIE, 35 (Conway, AR) Kennie decided to compete in the bodybuilding competition on the day of, also realizing that he wanted to begin his transition. Kennie's mother discovered he is trans only after seeing online photos of Kennie with his shirt off and posing in the competition, and she has since been struggling with the impending changes, though she is ultimately accepting of her new son. Kennie was adopted, has a twin brother, and works as assistant director of the fitness center at a small-town Arkansas university. Kennie recently started testosterone therapy and began the process of coming out as trans to the people in his life. The more masculine Kennie grows, however, the more interesting things will become for his partner DJ, who is a lesbian, attracted exclusively to women and femininity.

KENNIE, 35 (Conway, AR)

Kennie decided to compete in the bodybuilding competition on the day of, also realizing that he wanted to begin his transition. Kennie's mother discovered he is trans only after seeing online photos of Kennie with his shirt off and posing in the competition, and she has since been struggling with the impending changes, though she is ultimately accepting of her new son. Kennie was adopted, has a twin brother, and works as assistant director of the fitness center at a small-town Arkansas university. Kennie recently started testosterone therapy and began the process of coming out as trans to the people in his life. The more masculine Kennie grows, however, the more interesting things will become for his partner DJ, who is a lesbian, attracted exclusively to women and femininity.

SHAWN, 37 (Albany, GA)

Marine Corps veteran, now personal trainer. Two-time winner of the FTM bodybuilding competition, Shawn had recent emergency abdominal surgery, which jeopardized his return to stage.

PAULO, 32 (San Diego, CA) Mentor/Judge Paulo used to be a female bodybuilder, which is how he figured out he wanted to transition. Bodybuilding saved him from bulimia, and Paulo hopes to top 200 pounds to compete in mainstream bodybuilding soon.

PAULO, 32 (San Diego, CA)

Mentor/Judge Paulo used to be a female bodybuilder, which is how he figured out he wanted to transition. Bodybuilding saved him from bulimia, and Paulo hopes to top 200 pounds to compete in mainstream bodybuilding soon.


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