Intriguing new documentary called Finding Kim (produced and directed by Aaron Bear) which follows the journey of a trans man who transitions at age 50, and includes interviews with various friends of WOW like Dan Savage, Calpernia Addams, Carmen Carrera, Buck Angel and more.
FINDING KIM, an honest, intimate and inspiring documentary that follows three years of a transgender man’s journey as he transitions from female to male, makes its highly-anticipated debut in 15 cities, including New York and Los Angeles, on June 1 and becomes available on Digital platforms on June 6, 2017, from Random Media. The groundbreaking film showcases the incredible and honest story of a truly remarkable individual managing the beginnings of gender re-assignment. Documenting the entire process including top surgery, it navigates the delicate world of friendships and the torment of what to tell one’s family; finally offering the chance to share joy as Kim experiences life the way he always felt he should: as a happy, confident, human being.
Captured by documentary filmmakers Aaron Bear and Gabriel Bienczycki, FINDING KIM is a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. Set in the backdrop of progressive Seattle, the film features insights, advice and real-life experience from Dan Savage, Carmen Carrera, Calpernia Addams, Buck Angel and more.
The film’s message is one that speaks beyond gender. It’s about knowing and understanding oneself and who one truly is as an individual. It unveils Kim’s story in the most organic way possible while staying true to the documentary filmmaking process.
The film covers the most intimate parts of Kim’s life, including his top- surgery, struggles and moments of happiness. To capture this, Bear and Bienczycki interviewed the individuals closest to Kim, discovering their thoughts on his process and how the transition affects their relationship. The film also includes others who have gone through the process of gender reassignment.
Ultimately their goal is to allow audiences to walk away with a new outlook on gender.
“By the time I’m 50,” says Kim, “I want to be legally a man. I want to have facial hair. I want to have lost weight. And I want to feel good.”
As we watch his physical journey and his journey of self-acceptance unfold, we see him achieving those goals. Near the end of the trailer, a clearly contented Kim sighs:
“I’m a 50-year-old man. And that’s awesome. I never wanted to be a 50-year-old woman. Now I don’t have to be.”
Watch the trailer below.
Finding Kim comes out on iTunes in June, and premieres in LA June 5 at Laemmle Music Hall, 7 PM – 9 PM