The lives of five transgender teens change forever after they begin irreversible medical treatment. Filmed over three years, this intimate coming-of-age story offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at controversial, cutting-edge health care and a nuanced look at gender through the eyes of the next generation.Watch the Trailer
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Over the course of three years, What I’m Made Of follows Nick, Liam, Julie, Jessie, and Sam as they make serious medical decisions, adapt to changing bodies, contemplate coming out, and engage in the daunting task of self-definition. Each passes through different stages of gender transition under the care of pediatrician Michelle Forcier, who tells them, “Nothing is off the table so that you can have a healthier, happier life.” Using Forcier’s Rhode Island clinic as a hub, the film weaves together family dinners, name change ceremonies, birthday celebrations, social media posts, and medical procedures, painting an intimate portrait of what it’s like to experience adolescence in a time of gender revolution.
By documenting many facets of the lives of these young people, What I’m Made Of urges reflection both on practical steps to ensure health and safety and on fundamental questions of identity and freedom: How do any of us know what gender we are? And what right do we have to tell anyone else who they are meant to be?
The film is currently in post-production with an anticipated release in early 2018.
Our team is committed to telling authentic stories, promoting the well being of young people, and creating a world where all people are accepted for who and what they are.
JENN HALLAM, Ph.D., and JANE RENAUD are NYC-based documentary filmmakers with a shared commitment to social justice and a background in public television. Jenn studied gender and identity through the lens of art history at the University of Pennsylvania before becoming a producer of historical and educational programming and resources for WNET/Thirteen, the History Channel, and Sesame Street. Jane produced segments about public school, children, and families for PBS NewsHour before working on Rebirth: New Orleans, a documentary about schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Professional Advisory Board consists of doctors, advocates, social workers, and parents who care about teens and transgender issues. These Board members advise us on matters related to the health and safety of participants, and help us to place our work in a national, medical, scientific and historical context.
The Teen Advisory Board is made up of trans and genderqueer youth, ages 13 to 22. The Teen Board meets in person and online to give feedback on the film and share insights to ensure that the film is authentic, accurate, and sensitive to their experiences. On completion of the film, Teen Board members will also be involved in shaping outreach and education around the film and acting as ambassadors in school and community contexts.
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