In November 2011, Shelley “Treasure” Hilliard, a 19-year-old trans girl from Detroit, was brutally murdered. A new film project directed by feminist writer and filmmaker dream hampton entitled TransParent – A Story of Loss in a Community Misunderstood now takes a closer look at the still unsolved case, portraying both the individuals behind it and the community in which it took place. A huge part of the project produced by Detroid based poet and queer activist T Miller will be dedicated to Treasure’s mother, who still tries to deal with with the unimaginable loss and shares her own story and the story of her daughter in front of the camera.
hampton, who has had a long career as a successful writer and essayist about hip hop (she was the first female editor at The Source and co-wrote Jay-Z‘s autobiography Decoded) has announced on her tumblr last year that she is “done with hip hop” because of its misogyny. The TransParent project shows that she now focusses more one the perspective of those marginalized by patriarchical structures than on “the power itself” – which is something she just recently did in a very brilliant way with her beautiful video for THEEsatisfaction’s Queens released last year. To support the film project please watch the trailer below and donate on the TransParent Kickstarter page. The campain runs until July 31. Photo on top by Kenny Corbin.
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