About CeCe

When I was a child, I knew where I wanted my life to head. And, of course, there are hurdles put to distract, detour, and mislead one of their pursuits of happiness. Now 23, I’ve never imagined my life to take the turns that it has. 


Told from the voices of Laverne Cox and CeCe McDonald (exclusive interview shot in St. Cloud Correctional Facility) FREE CECE examines the culture of violence experienced by trans women of color.

The Film

We hope to have the film completed by 2016. Please consider making a tax deductible donation by visiting our IFP Fiscal Sponsorship page.

November 2013 our production was launched with the exclusive filming of an in prison interview with CeCe McDonald by Laverne Cox, at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility.
January 2014 we returned to Minnesota to film CeCe's release from St. Cloud Correctional Facility.
February 2014 CeCe McDonald's first GLAAD media tour in New York City.

March 2014 thanks to an overwhelmingly successful Indiegogo Campaign 

exceeding our goal, raising $57,308.00 we secured a good portion of our production budget for 2014. Fundraising is still ongoing to meet our total budget of $465K.
April/May/June 2014 production teams filmed interviews in New York, Minneapolis and California, and the completion of a 28-minute production work sample.

July/August/September 2014 interviews in New York, CeCe spoke with Sadie Nash members,  two rallies marking the Anniversary of Islan Nettles murder in Harlem, and filming with CeCe's mom in Chicago.
October 2014: filmed at San Francisco's Transgender Law Center's SPARK! Ceremony, CeCe at The University of Chicago, Laverne Cox, Dustin Lance Black and Jason Collins discuss LGBTIQI poverty.

-Jacqueline Gares,Producer/Director FREE CeCe, NYC 2014

Production Notes

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FREE CeCe is a documentary currently in production, Laverne Cox and Jac Gares are the producers.