Documentary filmmaker Mary Elizabeth Boylan has launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to fund the completion of her latest project, BEing KINDred. The filmmaker is attempting to raise $200,000.00 via the online platform, and the campaign will run for a month.
The funds will be used for filming additional interviews, post production expenses, marketing
and film festival submissions.
The film tackles the struggle for worldwide equality for the transgender community. With a 41%
suicide rate, Boylan and the subjects of her film want to change not only how the how the
transgender community sees themselves, but how society relates to them as well. Boylan has
been speaking with, hearing and recording stories for the film since October of 2015. She visited the Southern Comfort Conference (SCC), the nation’s largest transgender conference, where she collected 75% of the film’s content. She has accumulated nearly 50 hours of footage for the project. She hopes BEing KINDred will help to promote understanding, appreciation and love.
“This is a profoundly personal project for me,” shares Boylan. “I have watched one of my
dearest friends lose her loved ones just for becoming her true self, but have met and shot the
stories of so many amazing people who’ve have been through hell for trying to do the same. It is
important for the world to learn we are all human beings, who deserve to be loved for who we
Initially a short film, Boylan expanded the project’s scope after hearing so many heartfelt, and
often heartbreaking, stories of families turning their backs on their loved ones who are
transgender, the struggles of being treated with humanity and respect by society at large, and
the feelings of loss and worthlessness created by these reactions. BEing KINDred features
transgender subjects, social activists and community allies; from transgender icon and activist
Maria Roman to GLAAD board member, NY Times best-selling author Jennifer Finney Boylan
(yes, they are cousins); the stars of the short film Vessels, Hope Smith and Diamond Cruz, and
international transgender activist Solena Sulin.
“To share ones story among other individuals living in their authenticity is one of the ways of
changing the world around us,” continues Roman, who recently spoke about trans issues at the
“I'm so glad to be a part of BEing KINDred because trans lives need visibility,” says Smith. “I'm so happy that I can show people who I am and how I live because so many people don't
understand. I'm a human being just like anybody else.”
“This is about human rights,” adds Smith’s cast mate Diamond Cruz. “All I want is equality
everywhere I go. I want the same opportunities for all the transgender community.”
BEing KINDred is a documentary which could make a difference for the transgender
community and how they are viewed and portrayed. Boylan’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign
includes donor perks, including from DVDs of the finished film, tickets to the Los Angeles
premier, and production credits at higher levels. The campaign will last for 40 days. All donation amounts are appreciated. For those who are unable to donate, visiting, liking and sharing the film’s social media sites is also a huge help.
Visit the BEing KINDred profile on IndieGoGo to learn more and show your support: www.indiegogo.com
Mary Elizabeth Boylan was just interviewed by the wonderful Thommy Geraci for HomoCulture.com, an international online magazine, about the film, my acting and a few other random things: www.thehomoculture.com
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Mary Elizabeth Boylan chats with the amazing Maria Roman, Transgender Activist and Actress who has been invited to the White House several times recently to consult on LGBTQ rights and foster positive changes for her TG community: