Man Made makes its world premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival later this week on April 22. It’s a feature-length documentary tracing the varied lives of four transgender men, as they prepare to step on stage at the only all-trans bodybuilding competition in the world. T Cooper, also a trans man, directed the project which Téa Leoni executive produced.
Man Made takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film’s director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.
The strength on display in Man Made transcends the physical: Rese Weaver is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic Chilko seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie Story admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason Caminiti, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he’s always wanted to be—on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects’ emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. For the men of Man Made, it’s not about winning—it’s about being seen.
Check out the trailer below.