Man Made

Frameline Encore - Free Screening and Q&A

Man Made

*All Frameline Encore Screenings are FREE & open to the public*

2019 | USA | 98m

Subject, Dominic Chilko 

In honor of Trans Awareness Week Frameline is proud to present Man Made. 

Man Made takes us into the heart of transgender male culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film's director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.
The strength on display in Man Made transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he's always wanted to be-on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects' emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. For the men of Man Made, it's not about winning-it's about being seen.


Atlanta Film Festival - Winner Best Documentary Jury Award
Melbourne Queer Film Festival - Winner Best Documentary Jury Award
Outfest Los Angeles - Winner Best Documentary Audience Award
NewFest NYC - Winner Best Documentary Audience Award
New Orleans Film Festival - Special Jury Mention

This venue is accessible to wheelchair users. Captions will not be available at this screening.

This free event is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Grants for the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Folsom Street Events.

Community Partners:
Spectrum Queer Media
SF Transgender Film Festival 
The Federation of Gay Games