Thick Relations is a film about queer kinship and confronting the deep losses we experience in the face of change.
Thick Relations is a film about family. It is a film about the ties we create and the ways we keep them. With the rhythm and discordance of a life lived, Thick Relations explores the impossibly brief thrill of recognition and belonging; the devastating loss of the same.
Made through a process of intricate collaboration, Thick Relations is filled with immediate, proximal kinships and the inevitable absences--both brief and enduring--that occur within relationships. The central actors play characters based on themselves whom they crafted in collaboration with Rosskam. Moments of monologue, sex, and solitude punctuate the vibrant family life and as the film unfolds, we watch Veve, Jax, Ruby, and Emmit grapple with the loss of their dear friend. Their relationships contract and dissolve as they grieve and, in the end, find their way back to each other.
As members of marginalized communities, it is rare that we both get to appreciate art and be affirmed and excited by that process. While community integrity has been at the center of making Thick Relations, so has artistic integrity--and creating art that requires the participation of so many people with so many skills comes at a cost.
We invite you to join the community of queers and artists who have made this project come to life. Integral to the process of making this film has been the intention of allowing queer people to control our representations. From the first stages of dreaming and scriptwriting, to the development of characters, to all aspects of production, the process of making this film has been one with community and healing at its core. It is fitting, then, that we turn to you to support our post-production efforts.
Your contribution to this campaign will fund some of what remains to be done: editing, sound design and mix, publicity and festival entries. When we began working on the film, we had no idea that the actors were starting a queer choir in their actual, behind-the-scenes lives; by the time we finished the film, the choir had become a joyous, exciting part of the story. Your contribution will also allow us to purchase the rights to the songs the choir sings in the film.
Thick Relations is about connection, family, and love. Please connect with this project, please join this family, please share the love.
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May 9, 2012 - Jun 15, 2012
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A thank-you on the Thick Relations Facebook wall.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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A thank-you on the Thick Relations Facebook wall AND the Thick Relations website, and backer-only email updates.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A "ticket" to the online screening of Thick Relations followed by a "live" Q & A with Jules Rosskam!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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A hand-written thank-you postcard with a still from Thick Relations, signed by director, Jules Rosskam, as well as a thank-you on the Thick Relations Facebook wall and Thick Relations website.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A signed album from some of the bands featured in Thick Relations: Actor Slash Model's Cheap Date OR The Homoticons' double disc (your choice), sent to you along with a hand-written thank-you postcard. We will also thank you on the Thick Relations Facebook wall and the Thick Relations website. (Actor Slash Model is the Chicago-based acoustic duet of Simon Strikeback and Madsen Minax. Check them out at http://actorslashmodel.com/) (THE HOMOTICONS is Jesse Alexander (of Cobalt and the Hired Guns), Colin Polambi (of Velvetron), Elias Krell and Madsen Minax (of Actor Slash Model). Check them out at http://www.thehomoticons.com/)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A gorgeous limited-edition print of the monologue-poem portion of the Thick Relations script written as a collaboration between Jules, Alex, and the actors. There will only be ten of these in the whole world, and one of them will be yours!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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A limited-edition, signed DVD of Jules Rosskam's groundbreaking experimental documentary, "against a trans narrative," sent to you along with a hand-written thank-you postcard from Jules. We will also thank you on the Thick Relations Facebook wall and the Thick Relations website. Yujean Park from Feminist Review had this to say about the film: "[against a trans narrative is] arguably the best movie about gender I’ve ever viewed. It’s remarkably intelligent, sensitive and powerful."Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A limited-edition DVD of Thick Relations AND a production still signed by Jules Rosskam, sent to you along with a hand-written thank-you postcard from Jules. We will also thank you on the Thick Relations Facebook wall and the Thick Relations website.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A signed copy of the original script AND a thank-you in the Thick Relations film credits! You will also receive a hand-written thank-you postcard from Jules, and we will thank you on the Thick Relations Facebook wall and the Thick Relations website.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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An original three-color hand-screen-printed poster (19x25) from Veronica Corzo-Duchart, founder of Winterbureau Design AND your name in the Thick Relations film credits. Veronica Corzo-Duchart is a Cuban-American artist, designer, teacher, drummer, and collector of things. See more of Veronica's work here: http://winterbureau.com/ As Veronica has done for two of Jules Rosskam's previous films, once Thick Relations is complete, Veronica will design the posters, postcards, and other publicity materials for Thick Relations.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A personalized video thank-you from Jules and the cast and your name in the Thick Relations film credits.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Be famous with a walk-on role in a future Jules Rosskam film and your name in the Thick Relations film credits!Estimated delivery: May 2013
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Co-producer credit. See your name appear on the big screen!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Executive producer credit. What's better than being the co-producer? Being the executive producer, obviously. Have your name on that big screen, all by itself. Hear the crowd roar. Get a big hug from the director. Know that you made this amazing film come to life!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012