“TransMilitary”

Feature Documentary

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Summary

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.

“TransMilitary” is distributed by Gravitas Ventures, Amazon Prime, and Logo TV. The film screened in more than 100 festivals world wide and has won more than a dozen awards.

Impact

Since its release, “TransMilitary”, has been used to educate around the globe. At the height of the renewed debate on the ban in 2019, Congressman Joe Kennedy III sponsored a screening on Capitol Hill with an introduction by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. GLAAD sent copies of “TransMilitary” to all Supreme Court Justices and key Congressional leadership. The film is also being used as an educational tool across US Military bases, including The Air Force Academy where it screened for the next generation of Air Force leaders.

Additional Info

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

Cast

Liala (Villanueva) Ireland, Logan Ireland, El Cook, Jenn Peace, Sue Fulton

SXSW 2018 
Audience Award

Florida Film Festival 2018
Grand Jury Award

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Official Selection

Frameline
Official Selection

AFI Docs
Official Selection

Outfest
Official Selection

Jury Award Winner - NCGLFF - 2018

North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Jury Award Winner

2018 - Napa Valley Film Festival - Official Selection

Napa Valley Film Festival
Official Selection

Napa Valley Film Festival - Best Untold Story - 2018 Special Juried Award

Napa Valley Film Festival
Best Untold Story

Napa Valley Film Festival - Favorite Documentary Feature - 2018 Audience Award

Napa Valley Film Festival
Favorite Documentary Feature

Qfilms - Long Beach LGBTQ Film Festival – Best Documentary

Long Beach LGBTQ Film Festival
Best Documentary

Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival – Official Selection

Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival
Official Selection

CinemaQ – Official Selection

CinemaQ
Official Selection

Dayton LGBT Film Festival – Best Feature

Dayton LGBT Film Festival
Best Feature

Reel Q – Pittsburgh International LGBTQ+ Film Festival – Best Documentary

Reel Q – Pittsburgh International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Best Documentary

Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival – Official Selection

Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival
Official Selection

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival – Official Selection

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
Official Selection

Veteran Film Festival – Best Film

Veteran Film Festival
Best Film

SIMA Social Impact Media Awards – Documentary Feature Finalist

SIMA Social Impact Media Awards
Documentary Feature Finalist

UNAFF2019 International Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection

UNAFF2019 International Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection