Trailer for Happy Birthday, Marsha! And Post-Production Fundraiser

Check out our trailer and find out more here!

Last summer, we raised funds to shoot the film via Kickstarter (thanks to many of you) plus grants from Trans Justice Funding Project, Gil Foundation, Astraea Global Arts Fund, and many many individual donations. Since then the scope of the film has changed dramatically. Rather than making a traditional documentary, we shot a narrative, scripted film starring Oscar hopeful Mya Taylor as Marsha P. Johnson.
NOW we are raising the finishing funds needed to complete our film, so we can begin screening it for you! Raising this money will keep us on track to showing this film in early 2016! The funds raised will go directly towards:
  • Editing – paying our amazing editor who cut the picture
  • Motion Graphics and Titles – getting all our text and graphics designed
  • Score- paying for the film’s incredible original music
  • Sound design – creating the feel of 1969 NYC through sounds
  • Sound Mix – getting the sound ready for theatres and your home speakers
  • Color Correction – capturing the gorgeous colors and textures of 1969
  • Festival submissions – paying submission fees ($20-$80) which add up fast!

The film stars a talented cast of trans and gender non-conforming people including oscar-hopeful star of “Tangerine,” Mya Taylor as Marsha P. Johnson. HBDM! also features Eve Lindley (Sylvia Rivera), Cherno Biko (Andorra Marks), Rios O’Leary-Tagiuri (Bambi L’Amour),Grace Dunham (Junior) with appearances by Stefanie Rivera, Gabriel Foster, Miss Egyptt, Jimmy Camicia, Jay Toole, and many others.

Our crew includes many super stars such as our Cinematographer, Arthur Jafa whose cinematographic work includes Malcolm X, Crooklyn, and Daughters of the Dust, for which he won the cinematography award at Sundance Film Festival. We have an incredible producing team including Matt Shields, Luisa Conlon and  consulting producer, Zackary Drucker, artist and producer on the Golden Globe winning TV show Transparent. Gigi Rose-Gray (production designer) and Kaitlyn Darby (Art direction) designed and built sets and props to create the beautiful 60s feel of the film. Our stunning costumes and hair were done by Melissa Vargas (Costume Designer) and Malcolm Cuthbert (Hair). We have been working with talented editor Sarah Enid Hagey to cut the film, Esy Casey on titles and graphics, David Briggs on sound design, and Geo Wyeth on an incredible original score. Plus many more friends and individuals have contributed to the making of this film in profound ways.
Please share and/or donate! Your continued support and involvement in the project has really made Happy Birthday Marsha! much more than a film but an artistic intervention in trans co-optation as well as a medium for us to connect with our past and each other. We cannot thank you enough!

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