When Men Were Men
When Men Were Men’s message echoed so loudly in the halls of hyper-masculinity and self destruction in Ireland, we found an even greater need to make it sure reaches as far as possible. Help us ensure we can. We are so grateful and proud of what we achieved with you already. Take a peak. Thank you.
Inclusion StatementWe are non-binary representation in an industry whose statistics hardly mention us. Telling stories about trans characters because we are trans individuals. It is integral to us that, unlike Hollywood, as many intersections of identity are in front and behind the camera of this film.
About The Project
At the start of the film Kieran is juggling his two lives.
One is in Dublin, where he is perceived by his peers in his acting troupe as a cis-boy. Even his group of close friends don't know; Kieran is trans.
The other life is at home, in a small town an hour outside of Dublin. Knowing that his family- especially his mother, wouldn't accept his gender identity Kieran is forced to "play the part" of a girl while at home.
In the midst of managing his dysfunctional family after a tragic loss, his aspirations to be a successful actor and his identity - Kieran falls relucatatnly in love with the new neighbor boy. Egan also doesn't know he is trans.
As they get closer Kieran must learn to be more vulnerable and more honest with others, and himself, or else...
Kieran is a transmasculine boy with big ambitions. Through loss and love he navigates through his strict world to learn the most important leason of all.
Egan is Kieran's new nieghbor from England. His unabashful queerness stirs up unwanted feelings inside of Kieran.
as GWINN - “ MAM”
Wanting to maintain a facade of “normalcy,” in the aftermath of traumatic family loss, Mam imposes strict gender roles and expectations on her “daughter”, who she still calls Kay. (Kieran’s dead name).
as DECLAN - “DAD”
Dad is the emotionally stunted mediator between Kieran and Mam. If he chooses a side, he could loose someone else.
as MRS. DOYLE
Mrs. Doyle is the flamboyant director and owner of Doyle Theater Company. As a director often does, she has been known to act as Kieran’s emotional guide. Weather her wisdom will be heard, depends on the day.
Charlotte is Kieran’s girlfriend. They are in the same acting class yet she lives in Dublin. Charlotte is the only person there that knows Kieran is trans.
as FATHER TOM
The local priest in Kieran’s hometown, Father Tom preaches old and conservative religious values. He is committed to helping Gwinn “fix” Kieran, which is only punishing Kieran farther away.
Finn is another one of Kieran’s acting mates. He strives to be friends with the allusive Kieran and clearly does not know nor understand all of secrets Kieran is trying to protect.
PETER BRODERICK as ALASTAR
FIANA TOIBIN as ELIZABETH
HELENA WHITE as POLLY
PAUL SPARKS as CONNOR KEITH
ANGEL GABRIEL as JULIAN
ZEFF LAWLESS as RONAN
IAN CONDRON as DERMOT
SARAH LENIHAN as CATHLEEN
WESLEY BERGIN as BRAIDEN
(Can you tell we’re obsessed with our cast?)
As your generous contributions helped us bring When Men Were Men to life, so too will they help us return it back to the people. We plan to be submitting the film to as many film festivals as possible; especially ones that emphisize the LGBTQIA+ community, diversity and equal opportunity.
Because we are not of the entrenched demographic that holds Hollywood hostage, funding for films like ours are scarce. So we need your help.
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Let’s show Hollywood how powerful LGBTQIA+ really voices are.
- Aidan and Izzi
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About This Team
We are a small and mighty team. That’s how we like it.
A I D A N D I C K
Aidan is a Cal State Long Beach alumni with a BA in Film & Electronic Arts. He is a young, talented and ambitious creator increasing the representation of LGBTQ people and stories in the film industry. Aidan has been making videos since the third grade, having always had a knack for visual arts. Since then, they have worked on commercials, short film and music videos. Participating in a plethora of projects from Planned Parenthood and Converse campaings to Billboard released music videos.
Aidan is so proud of our footage and excited to premier their debut feature film. He hopes people enjoy When Men Were Men as much as he enjoyed creating it.
I Z Z I R O J A S
Izzi is a non-binary actor, filmmaker and lover of all things. They are dedicated to telling thought-provoking and necessary stories. Being an accomplished self-made creative their long list of credits include directing music videos with their production company Etiquette Haus, writing/producing short film Lost at Sea, modeling in diverse campaigns and being #authenticqueerrepresentation in Brat TV’s Crown Lake.
Izzi doesn’t like small talk, they’d rather discuss the fragile beauty of this life. So, they simply can’t wait to hear your thoughts on When Men Were Men!
V I C T O R I A R O M A N O
The amazing Victoria, having been recently funded to complete her doctoral work in Music Anthropology at UC Riverside, is gracing our ears with her moving celtic inspired score for this powerful film.
When Men Were Men will be Vicotira’s second feature film score (her first also having Irish roots)!