Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps


TYPE
: Hybrid Feature
GENRE: Experimental
STATUS: Pre-Production

LOGLINE

Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps is a filmed interpretation of Scott Turner Schofield’s transgender performance piece embodying the experience of becoming a man.

SYNOPSIS

Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps highlights the transmasculine experience hidden in plain sight: the hilarity, the humanity, and the previously unexplored portrait of the artist as a new man, one who made a remarkable emotional and physical journey in order to become a man.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

We’re in the midst of a surge in transgender stories in the media. Caitlyn Jenner. Laverne Cox. Transparent. The Danish Girl. In this time of unprecedented visibility for transgender people, trans men still largely remain invisible. Male to female transgender subjects and storylines get far more press than trans men. Although Scott was Daytime television’s first transgender actor, and a few other female to male trans actors got some notice, culture’s vision is that transgender = transgender women. Transgender liberation starts with visibility. Transgender men - and everyone around them - need representation that accurately describes their experience also. Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps has toured the world for nearly a decade to rave reviews, making a deep impact in every community in which it plays. It is an award-winning glimpse into the real life of one transgender man whose artistry as a writer and performer has achieved the highest critical acclaim. This show, and the life on which it is based, has been tested and proven to provoke deep audience responses. This is a voice that culture is asking for. This is an artist bringing ready-made art that culture is ready to receive. None of us has ever been more ready, or more in need, of an FTM transgender story of the caliber of Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps.

KEY CREW

Scott Turner Schofield - Writer/Performer

Named a “Trans Influencer of Hollywood” by OUT Magazine,Scott Turner Schofield became the first openly transgender actor in daytime television in the United States with the recurring role of “Nick" on CBS’s the Bold and the Beautiful.  He is a part of Hollywood's Transgender Tipping Point, and one of very few female to male actors in mainstream media.

Before his big television break, Scott toured internationally with his original solo theatre performances "Underground Transit," "Debutante Balls" and "Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps.”

Schofield has been honored with many distinctions and awards for his acting, among them a "Fruitie" audience choice award for Best Off-Broadway Performance, a Princess Grace Foundation Acting Fellowship, and a Creation Fund grant from the National Performance Network.

Recent projects include the recurring role of Liev in Pride: The Series on Amazon, and starring in the acclaimed short film Transmute (written & directed by Star Victoria). He has a starring role in The Conductor, a major motion picture written and directed by Maria Peters, due out late 2018. 

Schofield uses his platform to build bridges of understanding about transgender people in the mainstream, and served as an educator, consultant and spokesperson long before arriving in any spotlight. Considered one of his generation’s trailblazers in the movement for transgender liberation, Schofield uses a powerful mix of storytelling and advocacy to create and change policies at educational institutions and corporations. His TED Talk, "Ending Gender" is an acclaimed and globally-utilized tool for understanding gender diversity.

Andrea James - Writer/Director

Andrea is a writer, director, producer, and transgender activist. While writing ads for ten years at top Chicago agencies, she authored tsroadmap.com, a how-to guide for transgender people.

In 2003, she co-founded Deep Stealth Productions, creating numerous instructional videos. She produced and appeared in first all-transgender performance of "The Vagina Monologues," featured in the documentary Beautiful Daughters. Andrea consulted with Felicity Huffman and is in the opening shot of the film Transamerica. Andrea produced and appeared in Transamerican Love Story, and she has served on the Boards of Directors for TransYouth Family Allies and Outfest.

She wrote and directed Family Restaurant, a children’s film for preschoolers with gay and lesbian parents. Andrea directed the Showtime special Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, a concert film about gay adoption that premiered on Showtime. She’s also helped produce the FUSE docu-series Transcendent, following the personal and professional relationships of a group of trans women of color, and Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric for National Geographic.

 

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ACCOLADES

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IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program 2018
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Princess Grace Foundation: Gant Gaither Acting Fellowship
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National Performance Network: Community Fund Award
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National Performance Network: Creation Fund Award
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The Playwright's Center (Emory/Minneapolis) "Sister City" Special Projects Development Award

 

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