Wachowskis’ Kinowerks to host TransLife benefit Aug. 2

Lana Wachowski

Three years ago this July, Lana and Andy Wachowski opened their top secret Ravenswood Kinowerks production and effects studio in Ravenswood for a first-time charitable tour of their $6.8 million sustainably designed and furnished building.

Now for only the second time, the producers are offering an exclusive opportunity to see the 20,000 sq. ft. studio. On Aug. 2, an event, “TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio,” will be held there to benefit Chicago House‘s year-old TransLife Center.

A comprehensive look into trans issues, with a selection of short films that address gender-related topics, starts at 7 p.m.

Prior to the presentation and screening, Lana Wachowski will guide a private, behind-the-scenes tour for $1,000 ticketholders of 20,000-sq. ft. Kinowerks that was constructed and designed for the best in green technology.

“We are delighted to host this event supporting the TransLife Center, for a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts,” said Lana Wachowski, who identifies herself as a transgender and has accepted many awards for her work pertaining to transgender issues.

Chicago House was founded in 1985 by a group of individuals to provide support and health care to HIV/AIDs victims and has grown to serve the LGBTQ community by providing housing, legal, medical and employment services.

Chicago House’s TransLife Center opened in July, 2013.

Ravenswood Kinowerks is located at 5645 N. Ravenswood.  Event tickets, $250, and $1,000 VIP tickets may be purchased here. The evening, 7-10 p.m., includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

The evening is presented by Chicago House supporters the Novy Family Foundation, Todd Hamilton and James Luxton. Read Reel Chicago’s tour of Ravenswood Kinowerks.