Supermodel/trans icon Andreja Pejic is looking to fund her autobiographical documentary Andrej(a), tracing her journey from “from the Serbian refugee camps of her childhood to the glamorous life of international fame and fashion she now leads.” She needs $200,000 to get it up and running. So far, she’s raised 20,000 with 30 days to go. More information after the jump.
Andrej(a) is a feature-length documentary tracing androgynous trans supermodel Andreja Pejic’s journey from the Serbian refugee camps of her childhood to the glamorous life of international fame and fashion she now leads. Her rise to popularity past is remarkable: her ability to successfully navigate two such disparate worlds while silently struggling with gender dysphoria is even more so. In the summer of 2014, Andreja came out as a trans woman, and her life will never be the same. She’s crossed into unprecedented territory, and as she learns to navigate her post-op life and career, we’ll be along for the ride.
Through Andreja’s life story, Andrej(a) will explore gender politics in-depth around the globe, and the beauty industry and its attitude towards diversity, will be a focal point. From a refugee camp in the Balkans to the world’s biggest runways, from boyhood to androgyny to womanhood, from hiding to the highest level of self-acceptance this documentary captures an individual whose biggest dream is to live an authentic, happy and normal life. To be accepted and respected as the person she has always known herself to be. It is a public struggle by a brave person for the most basic of human needs.
We have been shooting for the past two years and have captured some of the biggest milestones in Andreja’s life, including her last photo shoots as an androgynous boy, the experience around the surgery that made her feel complete, her coming out to the world as a “transgender woman,” and emotional encounters with her mother. Our goal now is to capture “life after transition.”
How will Andreja’s personal decisions affect her career and public image?
How will the industry react to her newly disclosed truth?
Will her personal relationships be compromised by this revelation?
Questions like these for the most part remain unanswered, and to have a shot at answering them, it is crucial that we continue filming for another six months. To finish this project we need your help! We have turned down offers from large global networks to maintain creative control and taken the road of independent filmmaking. We felt that this was a story of immense social importance that needed to be approached in an educated, objective and truthful way, without layers of approval or requests for product placement. We wish to grow what started out as a “love project” between Eric and Andreja to a film with the potential to offer courage to millions that are not living their true identities. Together with your help, we can make this film come to life.
You might be asking why our goal is $200,000. We want the best film possible for the lowest dollar spend. The average budget for a festival bound documentary hovers around $450,000. With your help and funding we can cover the cost of many different aspects of the film; the licensing of photographs, music, travel for the crew to follow Andreja around the world as she works and visits her homelands, post production, production personnel, legal fees, graphics, insurance, and gear.