New film released – TRANS: profiles of the transgender community

In honor of International Transgender Visibility Day

In February 2017, I sat down with Ciora Thomas and Jude Benedict Ess to talk about their experience being Transgender. This short film was originally made for a local film festival, and focuses on the Trans identity and what that means for each Trans person.

A longer film is currently in post-production and features more of Ciora’s and Jude’s stories and wisdom, as well as a focus on issues facing the Transgender community in Pittsburgh and beyond.

A special thanks to Proud Haven for helping to make this film a reality. Donations are needed for this LGBTQ+ shelter:

– Chris, Director
Spinning Goat Productions

Watch on youtube and vimeo:



3 Rivers to Cuba screening at Carnegie Museum on 3/23/17

3 Rivers to Cuba documentary update

I’m super excited to have been invited to present the 3 Rivers to Cuba documentary short at the first Carnegie Discoverers event of 2017. This is a special program that comes with membership to Carnegie Museums, and focuses on many topics related to natural history (including anthropology).
I’m looking forward to another round of feedback as I head back to editing the film into a longer version (at least 60 minutes) next month.  Look for additional screenings that I hope to schedule over the summer months!  If your group or venue would like to host a free screening, please email me:

– Chris, Director


3 Rivers to Cuba to be featured at March’s Documentary Salon at Pgh Filmmakers

3 Rivers to Cuba documentary update

Chris, founder and director of Spinning Goat Productions, will be presenting the 3 Rivers to Cuba documentary short at the next Pgh Filmmakers Documentary Salon on March 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  This is a chance to see the doc on the big screen, and hear more about Chris’s trials and triumphs in traveling to Cuba and getting this film made.  She is also interested in getting feedback on this work in progress. More work is planned for both the film and a photo project.

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3 Rivers to Cuba photo project


Here is a slideshow I made for an event last year, featuring photos from Havana, Santiago, Baracoa, and El Caney.  3 Rivers to Cuba is a documentary and photo project.
More details to come once the photo project is underway!

Photos by Chris Mason and Brenda Sólkez.