In 2013, VideoWest partnered with OHO Media to create the short documentary, Transmormon, and it’s been getting a lot of attention lately! Transmormon has been featured on upworthy.com, People Magazine online, Huffington Post, The New York Times, has earned a Vimeo Staff Pick, and has surpassed 1 million views. It was also recognized as the 2014 Best Utah Short Film of the Year at the Utah Arts Festival.
Eri Hayward was born and raised in Utah County, comes from a conservative Mormon background, was raised in the LDS Church and even went to Mormon private school – but something wasn’t adding up. Eri was born a boy and it was a slow, painful journey for her to recognize she is transgender. This piece was filmed with Eri and her close-knit, supportive family just before she flew to Thailand for sexual reassignment surgery.
// Screened at the LDS Film Festival in February 2014
// Selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick
// Winner of the 2014 Utah Short Film of the Year Award as part of the Utah Arts Festival Fear No Film Series, June 2014
// Named Best Short Film in Utah by City Weekly, September 2014
// Recipient of the Affirmation's Tree of Life Award, September 2014
// Featured on Upworthy.com in July 2014
// Featured on People Magazine online in July 2014
// Featured on Dazed Magazine online in July 2014
// Featured in The Atlantic in August 2014
// Featured in The New York Times in August 2014
// Featured on Gladd.org in August 2014
// Featured in Huffington Post's Gay Voices in August 2014
// Featured on KUTV in August 2014
// Screened at the Sunstone Symposium with a post-film Q&A; panelists included Ed and Keiko Hayward (Eri Hayward's parents) and director Torben Bernhard, August 2014
OHO Media is Torben Bernhard, Marissa Lila and Travis Low.