Turning Point Documentary Film

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My name is Shelly Kapadia and I am a filmmaker with Below the Knee Films based in Richmond Virginia. We focus on films of global human importance, typically involving subject matter that takes on challenging social issues. Our current project is a feature length documentary about transgender people and their families called TURNING POINT.

I was very fortunate to grow up in a loving and open environment that allowed me to be whoever I wanted to be. The LGBT community wasn’t as visible in my childhood as it is now, but it was still there. Having a transgender son has lit the fire under me to make this film. The goal of the film is to showcase the experiences of transgender people and help the audience to reflect on what kind of relationship they would like to have with their transgender family member and friends.   

I have always been very passionate about art. The ability it has to transform people is something I have always found amazing. When I found a need to somehow contribute to pertinent global issues, I turned to art, specifically film. I am the mother of a transgender child and through my own quest to learn and grow, I have learned a lot about the transgender community itself, but not much about the families that help to support it. I have read books, attended meetings, and searched the internet, but the questions I had about the ins and outs of familial relationships and the path to unconditional acceptance were never fully and satisfactorily answered. These are the questions that I hope to answer not only for myself, but also for other parents or family members through the creation of my new feature documentary film, TURNING POINT. 

The documentary will feature people such as Jamie Raines, who is well known from his YouTube channel and recently featured on BuzzFeed, ABC, MTV and Channel 4. 

We have an incredible team working with us on this production and we are all excited and dedicated to make this a film that will hopefully educate others on the some of the issues that transgender people face, not in the outside world, but within their own homes; and encourage families to make positive choices when it comes to transgender people around them.

As a woman making independent films that have a societal impact, it is a constant challenge to compete with the male-dominated, studio based industry. I am someone that believes in unconditional equality with regards to opportunity, and I feel compelled to tell this story. I have therefore chosen to produce this documentary independently. The story is far too important to me to let anyone have a governing hand in the matter. I refuse to compromise with the subject matter or make any unwanted changes because a studio believes that society doesn’t want to witness the sometimes ugly truths that we want to present. 

Of course, I do not want to compromise on production quality, and to do that effectively requires a certain financial commitment. We were fortunate enough to be able to shoot part of the documentary in May of 2016 in the UK, but now we need YOUR help to continue and complete the US part of the production.   

That being said, I am hoping with the help of family, friends, supporters in the LGBT community, and allies, that we can raise the money necessary to make this documentary a success. 

Here's what the funds would be going towards:
- Rental of film equipment and gear
- Legal fees and permits
- Locations and transportation
- Production Sound
- Crew costs

Anyone who donates any amount will get a "Special Thanks" in the end credit roll and a digital download of the film before it is released to the public.
Please share this page and our information with your friends and family and on social media.
I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart in advance for being a part of this documentary that I know is important to make, especially for the members of the transgender community who deserve to have their stories told on the big screen!

Release Date: 2018
Directed By: Shelly Kapadia & Peter Szijarto
DP & Editor: Peter Szijarto
Production Company
: Below the Knee Films LLC
Post Production: PigsAlreadyFly
Executive Producer: Cyrus Kapadia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1716536281948292/  
Instagram:  @turningpointmovie

Thank you for supporting female filmmakers and films that cover LGBT issues. By working together, we will make a change in the world. Even baby steps are steps in the long run.

Many Thanks,
Shelly Kapadia
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QUESTION: What’s the difference between an Internet troll and an encaged zoo animal?

ANSWER: One is a dangerous creature who should never be fed by the public, who will snap, bite or growl at any passer by just because they can. And the other is an encaged zoo animal.

Hateful, hurtful and harmful comments on social media are in no short supply. We’ve all seen them. Just click on any YouTube post about a political, religious or social topic, then put your wellies on and start to wade through the murky cesspool of vitriol and bigotry in the Comments section below the video.

We know that people who spew out this hate don’t, for the most part, talk like this in their daily person-to-person interactions. But some folks use the anonymity of the web as an experimental testing ground for their darkest and most anti-social thoughts. It’s like being able to control your dreams in some sort of virtual fantasyland – except that the happy sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows have been replaced by a constant slinging of verbal diarrhea and accusations of being a fascist, a socialist, a Marxist, a religious fundamentalist, a baby-eating atheist, a treasonous communist, a heartless conservative, a tree-hugging social justice warrior, or a liberal pinhead.

Sure, coherent and viable arguments can be made for and against just about any proposition. You think being transgender is a mental illness? Let’s have an open conversation about it (and perhaps even invite in a scientist or two to weigh in on the topic). You think the recent Canadian hate crime legislation around gender identity and gender expression goes too far? Alright then, let’s have a civil discourse about your counter proposals that address the discrimination faced by transgender people on a daily basis. What about the so-called “Bathroom Bills” that are cropping up on the dockets of States’ legislative sessions? Are these necessary measures to protect cisgender individuals from sexual violence or are they a ridiculous government overreach that advocate for a solution in search of a problem?

No matter where you stand on these issues, you can guarantee that your voice will be drowned out if you simply shut yourself off in your basement and troll away as if typing were an Olympic sport. What’s needed among these out-of-control voices is a human “check-in” – and that’s where Turning Point comes in.

Among the noise, egos and bravado are actual people trying to reason their way through the minefield of justice and free speech warriors who are relentlessly ready to be offended. We support efforts to circumnavigate around the altar of political correctness and to align ourselves with sympathetic individuals who want to let others know how discriminatory policies and attitudes affect their daily lives. The Turning Point team wants to highlight what it means to be accepted and how a lack of acceptance can take a real toll on the quality (and quantity) of someone’s life.

As of today, we’re just about at the half way point in terms of raising all of the production funds, but we’re still lining up for a production shooting schedule in late August. Sharing our updates is fantastic and essential work, but please help us get past the finish line with a donation of ANY amount. Even those five-dollar donations really do add up and make a difference.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support! Even trolls need love, so please help us to show them the love by getting the stories of our subjects documented and ready for the world to hear.

Cyrus Kapadia
Executive Producer, Turning Point
Richmond, Virginia
August 6, 2017
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Holy smokes!! We are so close to $2,000. I wonder who it will be to throw us over. Please consider donating to our campaign. The voices of many need to be heard and not ignored.

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We made it over $1,000!!! We are so close to being able to get to Texas to talk to some unbelievable children and adults with such endearing stories to tell. Please donate any amount so we can capture their stories for the world to see.
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We are in the process of teaming up with LGBTQ charities to donate net profits from the film back into the community.
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