Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Blog, Film | 0 comments

Becoming Jamie: Shock & Joy

A Roger Sherman Film

At age 63 Jamie Peebles realized he is a woman

Jamie, Real Estate agent

Confirmation surgery, November 29, 2016

The day before confirmation surgery

The feature documentary is Jamie’s personal, poignant, revelatory, hilarious, and joyful story told through video diary recordings and my filming.

Jamie is a brilliant engineer – she built the studios of Oxygen Media and Current TV – a photographer, college professor, and home builder. Her story will be told through her video diaries and Roger Sherman’s shooting.


Transgender has reached America’s consciousness. The world is learning that this community is a terribly discriminated against: lack of understanding and misinformation have led to violence and prejudice. Transgender people have been forced to hide in the shadows for generations. While life has improved for some, many suffer greatly, living in a hostile world that does not allow them to be themselves.

Following Jamie in real time as she transitions, reveals truths about universal transgender issues.

Shock: It never occurred to Jamie that she was trans until it hit her like a lightning bolt.  In hindsight, she tells viewers that there were signs, like being terribly upset when his tween body began to transform at puberty. Not knowing why, she tearfully tells us, he stole Novocain from his pediatrician father and repeatedly injected his testicles. Until one had to be removed in emergency surgery.

Joy: On November 28th we filmed her confirmation surgery in San Francisco. Less than two months later she experienced her first orgasm as a woman.


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