Produced by Laverne Cox and Jac Gares, “Free CeCe” is a documentary currently in production, based on transphobic attack survivor CeCe McDonald. When one of her attackers, Dean Schmitz, was fatally stabbed to death, CeCe was quickly arrested and charged with 2nd degree manslaughter. Even though it was clear that she acted in self defense, CeCe was order to serve her 41 months prison sentence in a Men’s correctional facility. “Free CeCe” examines the culture of violence experienced by trans women of color.
“CeCe is just someone I’ve thought about, really everyday that I’ve showed up on set to film Orange is the New Black,” shares Cox.
You can watch the trailer for the project below. Please consider making a tax deductible donation through their fiscal sponsor Independent Film Project at: fiscal.ifp.org/project.cfm/655/