“MAN MADE upends the traditional documentary gaze… [and] resists the urge to turn the bodybuilders’ stories into narratives of simple, complete self-actualization; instead, it offers a testament to individual moments of joy—transformative in themselves.” —The New Yorker
“Intimate... touching... an affecting portrait of four transgender men... [with] a traditional sports movie climax.” —The Hollywood Reporter
"Compelling... a penetrating documentary which gets remarkable access to its subjects... An honest, universal look at body issues and the navigation of relationships." —The San Francisco Chronicle
“The Best LGBTQ Documentaries of 2018” —The Advocate
"MAN MADE is the rare crowdpleaser with genuine cultural value, and the largest muscle on display is the film's enormous heart." —OUT Magazine
"MAN MADE is an intimate, devastating, and ultimately triumphant little movie. An assured crowd-pleaser, made with great love and insight." —OUT Magazine
"Fascinating." —The Advocate
"A rare sort of film." —The Daily Beast
"A tender portrait of personal struggle and body imaging, the film shares the stories of its subjects as they grow into something awesome: themselves." —Queerty
"Compelling and emotional." —Film Inquiry
"Passionate... Life-affirming." —San Jose Mercury News
THE NEW YORKER
MAN MADE, a film about transgender bodybuilders, upends the traditional documentary gaze.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
MAN MADE Feature Documentary is a double-winner at Outfest 2018.
EXCLUSIVE: Transgender bodybuilders prepare for competition in teaser for documentary MAN MADE. PLUS: Interview with EP Téa Leoni and Director T Cooper.
Backstage at the World's Only Transgender Bodybuilding Competition.
THE ADVOCATE MAGAZINE
Téa Leoni and T Cooper team up to Explore Trans Bodies/Trans Lives: Bodybuilders — and metamorphoses — are at the center of the fascinating new doc Man Made.
THE ADVOCATE: The 11 Best LGBTQ Documentaries of 2018
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
This fly-on-the-wall documentary following four trans bodybuilders premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival. An affecting portrait of four transgender men as they prepare for a bodybuilding competition, T Cooper's MAN MADE pushes beyond easy pieties to look at the various challenges faced by the men as well as their partners.
Janet Mock, Silas Howard, Our Lady J, and T Cooper on trans representation in Hollywood.
“I don’t think we have to tell stories that are tragic in order for folks to care about trans stories and trans lives.” —T Cooper, Director of MAN MADE
THE DAILY BEAST
Inside the World’s Only All-Trans Bodybuilding Contest
T Cooper, director of MAN MADE, which follows contestants at the Trans FitCon competition, says, ‘For some of these guys, I think bodybuilding literally saved their lives.’
TV writer, author, and filmmaker T Cooper discusses the metaphor of bodybuilding, the labeling of humanity by the media, and the difference between "doping" and taking testosterone to achieve a baseline.
Atlanta hosts the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition. A new documentary shines a light on it. Local writer T Cooper debuts his first feature-length documentary, Man Made, during the Atlanta Film Festival on Sunday.
Interview with T Cooper, Writer and Director of MAN MADE feature documentary.
WATCH: VIDEO INTERVIEW (Go WeHo)
Video Interview with Director T Cooper, Subjects Mason Caminiti and Kennie Story (from MAN MADE).
LISTEN: GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Transgender athletes train to compete in a new documentary, MAN MADE. Director T Cooper and subject Rese Weaver were live in the studio on GPB/NPR Atlanta [LISTEN].
LISTEN: PRX BAY AREA RADIO
T Cooper talks identity, othering, and breaking the fourth wall.
Director T Cooper on what it takes to be a man.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
The world’s only all-transgender bodybuilding competition is the dramatic centerpiece of this compelling film, which follows four men as they vie for the top award in the contest. The penetrating documentary, which gets remarkable access to its subjects, is an honest, universal look at body issues and the navigation of relationships.
T Cooper on Man Made: "Trans Male Lives Don’t Really Exist In Our Culture"
Interview: MAN MADE Director T Cooper: "We are obsessed culturally with the absence or presence of a penis."