"Blossom" is an eye-opening and inspiring story about a transgender women of color Blossom C. Brown and her quest in getting answers about her past. The documentary will help people see the trans community through a different lens and bring awareness to the injustices in the LGBTQ community.
Keep it Colorful
Inclusion Statement"Blossom" showcases diversity from both in front of and behind the camera. The film is a chance for the world to be introduced to many of the struggles trans women of color have to overcome in order to build a career and a community that they can call their own.
About The Project
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -Elizabeth Appell
The documentary film "Blossom" follows the life of transgender activist and entertainer Blossom C. Brown. Blossom Chrishelle Brown is a trans-health advocate, actress, producer, Greater Than AIDS Ambassador, activist, and motivational speaker. Growing up in Mississippi wasn’t easy for a transgender woman of color. Originally born in Greenwood, MS and raised in Jackson, MS Blossom struggled with her identity and her health, but that didn’t stop her from going after her dreams and going to college. She overcame racial and gender prejudices to become the first transgender woman to graduate from Mississippi University for Women. However, her dreams of becoming a nurse were shattered when she was not accepted into nursing school. Even with top scores and great grades no nursing program would take her and till this day there are no answers as to why she wasn’t accepted
Not giving up on her dream, Blossom became a volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in San Francisco. She won national attention when she appeared in Season 1 of Caitlyn Jenner's docu-series "I Am Cait," and later on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," during which Caitlyn and Ellen teamed up to help her pay for school. Blossom then moved to L.A. to follow her dreams of working in the health industry and became a prep navigator to those seeking aid at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Get Prep LA. Upon moving to L.A. career opportunities in the entertainment industry began to appear and Blossom has now found herself creating a bigger voice for transgender people in an industry that she is new too.
Getting the answers as to to why she was denied entry into nursing school in the film will hopefully create a way for other trans women of color to be able to go to nursing school in Mississippi. The film will also follow our star as she starts a career in acting, producing, and becoming a voice in the transgender community. Through “Blossom” the world will get to know her story and will hopefully inspire other transgender men and women to follow their dreams and passions no matter what.
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
We have set our goal at $5500 which will help us tremendously, we need your support to help us get this film edited and out to film festivals. We truly believe Blossom’s story will bring light to not only the trans community and trans women of color but it will help those in and outside the LGBTQ community that have had so many doors closed on them see that no matter the circumstance they too can find a way to fulfill their dreams.
We do hope to raise even more so we can devote a bigger part of our time to this project and make our journey to Mississippi where we will interview Blossom’s family and the faculty of Mississippi University for Women and try to get answers as to why she wasn’t accepted into nursing school.
Alexandrina Andre - received her Master's in Fine Arts from Florida State University (2016). She is a first-generation American from Queens, New York. Being a first-generation child in NY led her to a world of diverse cultural backgrounds, and that experience created a desire to tell those diverse stories. Her stories focus on women, minorities, and the marginalized, and she believes that telling these stories introduces her audience to a world beyond their own.
Upon graduating, Alexandrina decided to make a career out of her love for writing, and moved to Los Angeles. She has written and directed two shorts that have showcased in film festivals around the world including the Cinequest Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and BET’s Bronze Lens Film Festival. She also recently production managed The Endless (2017), a feature that premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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About This Team
Alexandrina Andre, Director/Producer
Drina is a filmmaker from Queens, NY. She creates stories and develop them into film in order for people to view the world in a different perspective. Even for a couple minutes, the audience is forced to watch someone else’s POV. She hopes that after watching her films, at least one person will become more sympathetic and understanding to the differences in the world.
Nestor Hernandez, Producer
Nestor is an actor and filmmaker; he moved to Los Angeles to make his dreams a reality. Currently working to get his B.A in communication studies, he has a passion for what he does and puts his all on set.