We're making a comedy starring a transgender actress as Bethany, a transgender woman. When she and Jeannette, a cisgender friend, take a trip to HR to update paperwork, they encounter Pete. Pete's not shy with his opinions, but appearances aren't always as clear as he assumes.
Inclusion StatementWith a transgender writer/director, a transgender lead actress, and many LGBTQ people and allies in front of and behind the camera, this project is "diverse" front to back and top to bottom.
About The Project
I'm Vandy Beth Glenn. I'm transgender. I transitioned in my workplace many years ago and was promptly fired for it. My attorneys and I launched a federal lawsuit against my bigoted boss, and after a long court battle, we won. I've found various ways to tell my story ever since, and this short film is the latest one.
Two things are almost universal to the transgender experience: we have to deal with paperwork hassles related to our name and status changes, and we encounter people who don't understand us and are sometimes angry that we even exist. Often, they think they know more about gender dysphoria than we do ourselves.
The story of "Wild HR" combines these two scenarios as Bethany, our protagonist, who's based on me, takes a trip to her workplace's human resources department and meets Pete, who has definite ideas about transgender phenomena—but doesn't realize Bethany is transgender herself. So, he lets loose with a tirade he might otherwise not have knowingly shared with a trans person.
These days there's no shortage of grim, serious-minded works about how hard it is to be LGBTQ in the United States. They're important stories to tell, and always will be, but I've always preferred comedy, and I hope this movie will tell you something new while also making you laugh.
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About This Team
The Wild HR team is made up of a group of amazing creatives who are excited to bring this film to life.
Vandy Beth Glenn is a writer who is making her directorial debut with this short. She holds a degree in screenwriting from the University of Georgia, and has worked as a naval officer, IT geek, proofreader, and legislative editor. She is transgender, and is uniquely qualified to bring this highly personal story to the screen.
Dany Ashby is an actress, visual artist, and transgender activist living in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She earned her BFA in Sculpting from SCAD Atlanta in 2012.
She is the Co-Founder of Outland Armour, a small but world-famous fabrication, props, and special effects company operating since 2004. With Outland, she has traveled the world making appearances at media conventions, hosting panels, and judging costume contests.
Since 2007, she's also worked as an actress, costumer, and scenic artist at Netherworld Haunted House, the number one rated haunted attraction in America. Since coming out as transgender in 2014, she has used her platform as an artist to encourage others to express themselves proudly and to spread public awareness of transgender issues.
Josh Heath is a creative organizer who enjoys working with projects that focus on geeky topics and the intersectionality of geekdom and other identities. He's an advocate for inclusive spaces and localized peacebuilding and community building.
Davis Clark is a recent college graduate with a Georgia Film Academy Certificate and Theatre Education Degree. He's worked as an extra, PA, and script writer for various short films and shows and has worked on theatrical shows in college and communities. The current goal? To help tell new and powerful stories in any capacity.
Bridget LaMonica is a cinematographer in Atlanta, Georgia. She first thought of getting into this crazy biz after the advent of DVD special features, when she realized there actually were jobs behind a camera. She attended East Stroudsburg University for Media Communication, then went for an MFA in Film and Television at Savannah College of Art & Design. At SCAD she specialized in cinematography and writing.
Bridget has operated camera on short and long form content, including the BET Her film, Back to the Goode Life.
One film she both wrote and DP’d for was the short horror film, "The Road Less Traveled," which has been selected by over 20 film festivals in four countries, winning Best Suspense at Con Carolinas and Best in Show at the Sands Film Festival. When Bridget’s not on set, she’s a writer of geeky content for the website Den of Geek and designated belly-rub enthusiast for her dog Bailey.
Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Rowan Rubin attended Savannah College of Art and Design for a BFA in fashion design. Despite the specific degree, he is something of a jack-of-all-trades. As a trans designer, he seeks to aid in destroying convention and elevate the trans experience in art/media wherever he can. His role as art director on “Wild HR” was a new experience in the film industry that was perfectly aligned with his creative goals. When not freelancing, Rowan also works on horror-themed personal projects in several different media.
Dan Wigley is a filmmaker, sound designer, composer, writer, and actor from Daytona Beach, Florida. His blue-collar-by-the-beach upbringing taught him to value work and play equally. His interests outside of film are constantly changing and evolving, and right now they amount to brewing and politics. Dan lives in Decatur, Georgia with his two best friends and is debating on which to get: first dog or first tattoo?—and his top 3 films are Wall-E, The Mummy (1999), and Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy.