FREE Cece: A Documentary

I know I'm more than a little late on this, but better late than never. Cece's story is an important one and needs to be told. For those who don't know, Cece McDonald, was sent to a men's prison after defending herself during an attack that happened while she and a group of friends were walking to a grocery store. Now Cece is the subject of a documentary produced by Orange Is The New Black  star and transgender activist Laverne Cox and producer/director Jacquline Gares.

The documentary, titled FREE Cece,  features Cox's interview with Cece during her incarceration at St. Cloud Correctional Facility in Minnesota, and followed her on her first GLAAD media tour following her release in January. According to the official website, the film will also feature interviews done in California, Minneapolis and New York.

As of June, the production has raised $57, 308, covering much of their budget for the year but not enough to meet their total feature documentary budget of $465,000, despite the crew's continued efforts via writing and submitting grant proposals. You can help by the crew meet its goal by making a tax deductible donation to the IFP Fiscal Sponsorship Page.

Cox and Gares hope to have the film completed in 2016. Watch the trailer below. And read Sabrina Rubin Erdely's excellent Rolling Stone feature story about Cece HERE.