Following the premiere of its pilot episode at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Transparent became Amazon Prime’s most anticipated show. The comedy-drama features three adult children responding to their father’s revelation that he’s transitioning from male to female. Transparent’s creator, writer, executive producer, and director is Jill Soloway ’87 of Los Angeles: a comedian and feminist who took home a Golden Globe in January for Transparent as the Best TV Series/Musical or Comedy. The show also garnered eleven Emmy nominations in July.
In an April New York Times Magazine profile, Soloway discussed how the transgender community is reacting to the program and how her father shared the same news as her show’s character. She dedicated her Golden Globe honor in part to her father, whom she called her “trans parent,” saying in her acceptance speech, “I just want to thank you for coming out because in doing so, you made a break for freedom; you told your truth; you taught me how to tell my truth and make this show. And maybe we’re going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love.”
Soloway’s previous work — especially with HBO’s Six Feet Under (as a writer and co–executive producer) and the film Afternoon Delight (for which she earned a Directing Award/U.S. Dramatic at Sundance in 2013 for her writing and directing) — has also been notable for exploring gender, especially through complex female characters who are on personal journeys.
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Published in the Fall 2015 issue