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Merrell Presents: “TranSending”

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This short docu-style film features Erin Parisi as she works towards her goal of climbing the Seven Summits as a platform to promote transgender awareness and inclusion

ROCKFORD, Mich. (May 8, 2020) — “TranSending” follows the journey of Erin Parisi as she comes into her own identity as a Transgender woman and trains for the Seven Summits to promote awareness and visibility for the Trans community. “TranSending” showcases the journey into self-discovery as experienced by Erin Parisi, the first Trans woman to take on the Seven Summits.

“TranSending” has been accepted into Mountainfilm as well as 5Point Film Festival.

From Erin Parisi:

“I spent years afraid, running and hiding from myself. I came out as trans knowing I’d lose some friends and family members, but my relationship with myself and so many others became stronger. I’m climbing to the highest peaks of the world to celebrate that love and show the world that trans people won’t be forced to live silently in the shadows. I’m climbing where there are no shadows, and where there’s no place to hide.”

From Lauren King, Sr. Marketing Manager, Merrell:

“When we met Erin, it was her joyful spirit that made an instant connection with us. As we learned more about her goals to raise awareness in order to benefit others, we knew we wanted to help amplify her mission. We believe that everyone should feel they’re able to show up in this world as their true selves and the outdoors is a place we all belong. Thank you, Erin, for your altruism and leadership in spreading this message.”

From the Director, Marin Hart:

“I first learned about Erin Parisi’s goal to climb all the Seven Summits from an article in Outside Magazine. In the article Erin states, “You can’t accuse me of hiding if I’m standing on the top of every mountain of every continent saying, ‘Here I am,”. This line really stuck with me. Being a female director in the queer community, my goal is to give a voice and a platform to people with outstanding goals that can teach a universal lesson to all. Erin Parisi didn’t necessarily want to be visible, but the trans community needs a role model like her as a spokesperson. I am honored to be a part in help tell her story to the masses.”

From Executive Producer, Lindsey Hagen, Stept Studios:

“When I first met Erin, I was struck by her vulnerability and unbelievable courage. Erin carries the weight of not only her own journey but the weight of the Trans community at large. With her soft-spoken modest persona, Erin’s journey to stand atop the tallest peak on each continent speaks louder than words ever could. I am excited to watch Erin continue to break barriers as she brings her story into the light.”


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Film Credits:

o Brand: Merrell

o Director: Mairin Hart

o Director of Photography/Editor: Chris Naum

o Executive Producer: Lindsey Hagen

o Production Company: Stept Studios

For more information on Erin Parisi’s organization, TranSending, visit For additional information on the film, please reach the Merrell contact below.



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