transmilitary
feature documentary

Synopsis

The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman, Jamie Coughlin & Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.

Credits

A film by SideXSide Studios & Free Lion Productions   
In association with Archer Gray & Fearless Company    
Directed by Gabriel Silverman    
Co-director Fiona Dawson    
Produced by Jamie Coughlin, Gabriel Silverman, & Fiona Dawson    
Written by Jamie Coughlin & Gabriel Silverman    
Original concept by Fiona Dawson    
Executive Producers Amy Nauiokas, Vinay Singh, James Connolly, Sarah Kate Ellis, Zeke Stokes    
Co-producer Jess Kwan    
Cinematography by Gabriel Silverman    
Edited by Gil Seltzer    
Music by Mark Degli Antoni

Awards

HUMANITAS AWARD -- Nominee, Best Documentary

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL -- Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary

FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL -- Grand Jury Award, Best Feature Documentary

NAPA VALLEY FF -- Audience Award, Best Documentary

NAPA VALLEY FF -- Grand Jury Award for Best Untold Story

SIMA AWARD -- Nominee, Best Feature Documentary

GLAAD MEDIA AWARD -- Special Recognition

HAWAII IFF -- Nominee, Emerging Filmmaker Award

OUTFEST -- Grand Jury Award, Documentary Feature Special Mention

NORTH CAROLINA GAY & LESBIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL -- Audience Award, Best Transgender Documentary

QFILMS LONG BEACH LGBT FILM FESTIVAL -- Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary

KALEIDOSCOPE FF -- Audience Award, Best Documentary

OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL -- Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary Honorable Mention

REALQ PITTSBURGH LGBT FF -- Audience Award, Best Documentary

DAYTON LGBT FF -- Audience Award, Best Documentary

OUT at the Movies Int'l LGBT Film Fest (Winston Salem) -- Jury Award, Best Documentary

VETERANS FILM FESTIVAL (Australia) -- Best Film