As executive producer, transgender icon Laverne Cox has made an affirmative history for the trans community and an eye-opening Netflix documentary for everyone else where Laverne Cox Supreme Court's view are shared.
“Disclosure” does nothing less that take an up close and very personal look at Hollywood’s — and everyone else’s — century-plus representations of trans people and considers the impact.
“It was really this idea of looking at the past, you can better understand the present and plan for the future,” said “Disclosure” producer-director Sam Feder.
“The Celluloid Closet,” he pointed out, “showed how gay and lesbian people were represented in Hollywood. As a queer white person I always wanted to see that history for trans people.
“In particular I was thinking of how it could be a cathartic experience for a trans audience — and empowering but also enlightening and inspiring for a non-trans audience.
“You think of 80% of the population who say they’ve never met a trans person. They only know a trans person from what they saw on TV. I had that audience largely in mind. This is how they meet people. I wanted them to hear this story.”
“Disclosure” is based entirely on interviews “with trans people who worked on one side of the camera or the other. We did about 75 research interviews before we went into production,” Feder said.
“So all of the material was gathered from the memories of trans people who worked in the industry. Everything came from someone’s personal story.”
The stories range from sweet to sad, from grotesque to horrifying. How would you feel as a 6-year-old who suspects he might be a bit different to see Jim Carrey in “Ace Ventura: Private Detective” vomiting like crazy because he just kissed a guy?
Cox tackled that issue when Katie Couric, on her talk show, asked invasive, inappropriate questions. Cox politely told her to change the subject and move on.
“We did that Katie interview the day before Thanksgiving and it aired January 6, 2014,” Cox said. “Katie could have said, ‘Oh, this makes me look bad’ and edited all of that out. Instead Katie said, ‘This could be a teachable moment for me and I think it could be a teachable moment for the audience.
“Then she went further. She had a live show where she talked about this being a teachable event.
“So many people out there really want to understand and get things right. Katie,” Cox added, “has gone on to be an advocate for trans and binary people.”
source : Bostonherald.com