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Join date: Sep 10, 2020
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I'm a 51-year-old, Jewish, man of transgender experience. I transitioned my gender 20 years ago during a time when doing so was not so commonplace. My experience of living 30 years as a woman and 20 years as a man offers me a unique outlook on life which is reflected in my writing.

I have a Doctorate in Psychology (2009), Masters Degree in Social Work (1999) and Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Telecommunications (1994). In 1995, I completed a number of film theory courses at The New School (AKA: The New School For Social Research) and worked as a teleprompter operator for America's Talking, a cable based television station focused on talk based programming. America's Talking closed it's doors in 1996.

After leaving America's talking, I shifted career plans and went back to school for a Masters In Social Work. Eventually, I found my way into a Doctoral in Psychology program, while working in the social service field. Additionally, I became a leading trans activist and educator and earned three grants for this work.

In 2010, I founded Gender Reel, one of the countries only grassroots transgender film festivals. Over the course of the next 10 years, Gender Reel showcased over 300+ films created by and about trans and gender diverse people, held dozens of Q&A's with trans filmmakers, artists and activists and won six grants. Some of the filmmakers who participated at Gender Reel include Sam Feder (Disclosure), Jake Graf (Brace, Colette) and Isabel Sandoval (Linqua Franca).

In 2014, I wrote, directed and produced the documentary Growing Old Gracefully: The Transgender Experience. GOG, explores the issue of ageing in the transgender community, a topic rarely discussed at the time. The inspiration behind GOG was my own personal experience of growing older as a trans man.

I am part of that "generation" of children who started watching Television as babies and never stopped. As a kid, I was fascinated with television in much the same way today's youth are intrigued by social media. Some of my earliest television influences include My So Called Life, Twin Peaks and 30 Something, shows that redefined the kind of narratives found on television.

Today, I am intrigued by the creative risks television networks, streaming services and production companies are taking to create unique programing. I would love to someday be part of that process. Of particular interest is the independent work companies like Blumbouse Productions are doing.

Script writing influences include the Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things), Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Duplass Brothers (The One I love, Togetherness), Kurt Sutter (Son's of Anarchy), and John Hughes (Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink).

When I set my mind to learning something new, I don't stop until I've mastered it. Since embarking on the screenwriting process, my interest has moved from fun hobby to serious endeavor. I LOVE to screenwrite and, sometimes wonder, if I missed this calling earlier in life. On the flip side, I'm not sure the 25-year-old me would have the passion, experience, and confidence have done then what I am doing today.

​My dream is to someday option a spec script for a feature film or television pilot. I would love to see one of my creative ideas come to fruition on the big or small screen. Until that time, I happily continue writing, learning from others and developing my screenwriting craft.


Jodi Ippolito
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