Commissioned by M·A·C Cosmetics and its philanthropic arm, the M·A·C AIDS Fund, a new documentary project featuring seven transgender people from diverse walks of life will premiere June 23rd at 7pm ET/PT exclusively on Showtime. The film depicts the daily lives of members of the trans community - their passions, hopes for the future and life’s work - set among the issues faced by the community at large.
Told through the lens of director, Silas Howard (Transparent, Sunset Stories, By Hook or By Crook), an active voice and revered member of the transgender community, More Than T tells the illuminating, diverse and empowering stories of the seven trans people it highlights from within the community.
In celebration of Pride Month, More Than T will be made available June 1st on SHOWTIME streaming, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. With this film, M·A·C Cosmetics and Showtime will cast a light on those honoring their truest selves, moving beyond just policy and social construct to capture the real people and humanity that connects us.
Leading up to the official Showtime premiere of More Than T, Refinery29 will rollout a series of five vignettes featuring a wide representation of leaders in the transgender community including subjects from the documentary. Titled Trans 102, the videos are told through a witty and educational lens, with each segment focusing on a variety of issues facing the community including healthcare, education, media representation, and bathroom access.
The film is the latest in a long line of M·A·C initiatives aimed at raising awareness of LGBTQ issues. “M·A·C has always been an activist brand, deeply dedicated to ending stigma, championing inclusion, and supporting the LGBTQ community,” said Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President of M·A·C Cosmetics and Global Executive Director of the M·A·C AIDS Fund. “M·A·C’s commitment to the transgender community is a reflection of the brand’s values -- from the artists in our stores to the customers that we are so proud to serve every day.”
To bring the project to fruition, M·A·C enlisted the guidance of two key leaders in the trans community, Jen Richards who served as a Creative Consultant throughout the project and Silas Howard who directed both More than T and the Trans 102 features. “I was thrilled with M·A·C’s decision to work with a transgender director on this project. It’s an important and critical step to tell stories from someone who is a part of that world, and it reinforces their dedication to championing these voices,” said Silas Howard.