WATCH: Web Series Brothers Explores Lives of Transgender Men
BY Mitch Kellaway
June 01 2014 11:31 AM ET UPDATED: October 13 2014 12:50 PM ET
Brothers, written and directed by trans filmmaker Emmett Lundberg, follows the ups-and-downs of a fictional group of four trans-masculine friends in Brooklyn, NY. Each “brother” is facing a tipping point in his life, from Davyn’s marriage proposal to Aiden and Max’s different journeys toward chest reconstruction surgery to Jack’s unanticipated attraction to other men.
Lundberg, whose previous award-winning work has centered on independent films, considers the dramedy a venue for viewers to “see what it’s like to live day-to-day as a trans person, but not be overly educational.” It is also meant to “comfort” and “repre[sent] at least a fraction of the FTM community,” he says in an interview posted to the series’ website.
Lundberg was intentional about casting only transgender actors and about creating a show that addresses trans men’s experiences in a way he hasn’t seen elsewhere. “I’ve reached a place in my own transition where I’m starting to settle into who I am, and to who I will be, so I wanted to see that on screen,” he explains.
Though relative newcomers to the small screen, the members of the Brothers cast — which currently includes Lundberg as leading man Jack, as well as Jamie Casbon (Davyn), Hudson Krakowski (Aiden), and Will Krisanda (Max) — are eager to be a part of a show about trans lives written and directed by a transgender person.
“I have always been frustrated by the lack of trans-masculinity in the media and I thought it was so great that someone finally took it into their own hands to create a series about the trans* male experience,” summarizes Krakowski in a cast interview. He, and the other cast members, all report that the buzz surrounding Brothers has been overwhelmingly positive.
Both the anticipated first episode and an Indiegogo fundraising campaign were released June 1. Lundberg hopes the excitement and support generated will carry Brothers
through its entire eight-episode first season, which, according to his Indiegogo, will be shot in September with a crew and quality “equivalent [to] a full-scale feature film on a streamlined budget.”