Milwaukee filmmaker preps final fundraiser for gender reassignment surgery
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For the past six years, transgendered filmmaker Ashley Altadonna has been documenting her gradual transition from male to female in a series of personal and increasingly ambitious films. Beginning with Whatever Suits You in 2006, Altadonna—formerly of early-’00s Milwaukee noise-pop outfit New Blind Nationals—has explored not only her own transition, but the tricky social and political issues affecting all transgendered individuals. The upcoming Making The Cut has been in the works for more than three years, and documents Altadonna’s attempts to raise money for a costly gender reassignment surgery. A final fundraiser for that surgery has now been set for Friday, Nov. 2, at the Down And Over Pub.
“I’m excited to be so close to the end of my fundraising goal,” says Altadonna in a statement. “This fundraiser will hopefully raise the last $2,500 needed for my gender reassignment surgery which cost approximately $20,000 and typically isn’t covered by health insurance.”
The fundraiser will include food from Ball & Biscuit Catering, live music from Hayward Williams, and storytelling from Altadonna. Tickets for Rock Of Ages at the Marcus Center, Of Montreal at the Pabst Theater, and other items will also be raffled off. Ticket are $40 per person, and are available through Altadonna’s website or at the Tool Shed.
In addition to the fundraiser, Altadonna is accepting donations for the film via Kickstarter. Money raised in this way will cover equipment, travel, and production costs.