Acclaimed author, director, and okayplayer-for-life dream hampton is lending her vision once again, this time to tell the story of Treasure Hilliard, a Detroit native who was brutally murdered in a transphobic hate crime. Partnering with performance artist and activist Natasha T. Miller to create a film that honors the life of the slain teen, hampton will lead us through TransParent: A Story of Loss In A Community Misunderstood. With the thoughtful and bright commentary that has come to be expected from dream hampton, I can say on full conviction that TransParent will make viewers think, cry and think again about how they conceptualize what it means to live as a transgender individual. To do the story justice, hampton and Miller have started a Kickstarter campaign ending July 31 and released a trailer for the film, which you can check out below. Read up on Treasure’s story and support what’s sure to be an important and poignant film:
TransParent is a film about the life of Shelley “Treasure” Hilliard, a Detroit 19-year-old girl, beloved by her family and friends. TransParent is a film about Shelley’s murder, about a hate crime that wasn’t prosecuted as one. TransParent is about the struggle to forgive. TransParent is about Detroit. TransParent is about projections and perceptions and communities misrepresented and misunderstood. TransParent is about incredible beauty and horrific violence. TransParent is about a grieving mother and her commitment to honor her daughter, Treasure.