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Transgender Film Center | Ben & Becky Bliss

Sav Rodgers
Sav Rodgers is working on a documentary about the influence the film "Chasing Amy" had on his coming-out experience.

A Kansas native is helping other transgender creators finish their films and an operatic tenor is teaming up with his family and friends for a livestream holiday variety show from Kansas City.

Segment 1 beginning at 3:25: A Kansas native's latest project is providing grants to transgender artists.

Filmmaker Sav Rodgers hopes that one day his Transgender Film Center "will see much better representation" of the transgender community in movies. Rodgers also discussed his documentary in progress, "Chasing Chasing Amy," that explores the impact the '90s romantic comedy had on him as a queer teen.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:27: Prairie Village native Ben Bliss is putting on his crooner's hat for a seasonal concert.

You might know Bliss as an opera singer and his sister Becky Bliss as part of the duo behind the indie group Barnaby Bright. As unlikely as it seems, the two will have a rare opportunity to perform together as Ben headlines "Holiday Bliss." The one-hour livestream concert will be a nostalgic nod to televised specials hosted by crooners like Bing Crosby from decades past.

The Transgender Film Center's Trailblazer Grant program is open to all transgender people. Two recipients will each receive $1,500. Applications are due Jan. 15, 2021. More information is available at the Transgender Film Center website.

The Harriman-Jewell Series will present star tenor Ben Bliss, family, and special guests in HOLIDAY BLISS, a free livestream concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 12, performed at the 1900 Building in Mission Woods. More information is available at the Harriman Jewell Series website.

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