TRANSHOOD Feature Films


Virtual US Premiere

Following the film, watch a recorded discussion with director Sharon Liese and subjects Cameron and Bryce.

We all remember the trials and tribulations of being a kid: fitting in at school, getting along with siblings, finishing homework. These alone are enough to handle. Now, add in discovering who you are and growing up as a trans youth in Kansas City. TRANSHOOD is director Sharon Liese’s in-depth five-year journey following the lives of four kids (ages beginning at 4, 9, 12, and 15) discovering their specific trans experiences alongside their families. Each of the kids and their parents navigate the day-to-day challenges of their home lives and their lives out in the world. Finding normalcy isn’t easy while tackling issues of body dysphoria, transphobia and bullying, and many other big topics that their cis-gender classmates can’t understand. What truly ties these stories together is the unbelievable empathy and humanity exemplified by each family, not just with the heavy moments, but often also during those typical of any childhood.
–Eric Moore

Sharon Liese  is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker. Before completing PINK COLLAR CRIMES, a new true crime series for CBS, Liese’s short documentary FIGHT FOR THE FIRST premiered at the Meet the Press Film Festival in collaboration with the American Film Institute. Liese also directed and produced THE GNOMIST, which had its World Premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win 15 festival awards, including the Jury Award for Best Short Documentary at LA Shorts Fest. The film qualified for Oscar® consideration before being acquired by CNN Films. Her film SELFIE premiered during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in partnership with Dove and the Sundance Institute and won a CLIO Image Award. Liese has also produced and directed programming for MTV, FOX, Lifetime, WEtv, OWN, DiscoveryID and PBS.

Sharon Liese
Herizon Productions


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Sharon Liese

Producers: Sasha Alpert, Sharon Liese

Executive Producers: Kimberly Reed, Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein

Director of Photography: Ty Jones

Editor: Dava Whisenant

Music: Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero

Running Time (minutes): 96 MIN

Language: English