Non-profit: Pride Foundation
Filmmaker: Jesse Ayala
Direct violence and discriminatory legislation against the transgender community continues to rise at a time when transgender visibility in pop culture continues to break glass ceilings. In this three-part VR series, we invite you to step into the lives of three transgender people in the American northwest who are living authentically and taking action to make our communities safer and more prosperous for all.
Authentically Us - We’re Still Here (Part One): Aiden Crawford, a Two-Spirit artist and historian in Boise, Idaho, struggles to preserve and revive his heritage in intergenerational struggle to learn, educate, and pass down the wisdom of his First Nations Two Spirit elders.
Authentically Us – She Flies By Her Own Wings (Part Two): Driven by the military tenet of “Leave No One Behind,” Shannon Scott pulls the levers of democracy urging freedom and justice for all be secured from the marbled halls of Washington D.C. to the hallowed ground of those who championed transgender equality before her.
Authentically Us - Treasured State (Part Three): Acton Seibel is a normal guy who came home to Missoula, Montana to transition. As a transgender person of color working in a traditionally masculine industry as a mechanic, he challenges us to see beyond politics, seeing the value he adds to our communities.
With episode premieres at both SXSW Film ‘18 and Tribeca Film Festival ‘18, the Authentically Us series went on to be an official selection at festivals around the world.