Get to Know Sara McCaslin and “The Cost of Gender”

July 24, 2014

McCaslin’s The Cost of Gender is entered into the LGBTQ “Up and Left” film competition this summer.

Who are you and what’s your filmmaking background?

I co-directed the short doc The Cost of Gender, a project of The Seattle Globalist, along with various short documentary productions in Seattle, WA.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently screening The Cost of Gender in international film festivals and educational screenings.

What’s your film’s value proposition for the audience?

The Cost of Gender provides a passionate, modern look at healthcare discrimination facing transgender Americans.

What’s your favorite story about making this film?

Being able to interview and follow Rev. Carla Robinson for a year was a real privilege. Her narrative as black, trans female pastor in the Episcopal church is awe-inspiring and she brings so much compassion to her work.

What are your wildest dreams for the film?

Our hope is this short doc positively contributes to our nation’s dialogue on gender equality and the growing transgender movement.

What is something bizarre about you that no one else knows?

I can touch my tongue to my nose.

What currently inspires you?

The trans movement in Seattle and the Northwest is so vibrant and I’m so inspired by the global thought leaders in our corner of the country.

What’s your best advice for an aspiring filmmaker?

Every decision must serve your story.

How can the audience help?

Our greatest hope with The Cost of Gender is that it inspires folks to engage with this issue in their own lives, families and networks.

Submit films for the LGBTQ “Up and Left”  Competition until July 31.  Start voting August 4.


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