Colby's dad knows his son is gay, but he doesn't like talking about it. He respects it, but ignores everything about that aspect of his son's life – he doesn't even know about Colby's long-term boyfriend, Rusty.
Increasingly committed to Rusty, Colby hatches a plan to trick his father into camping with Rusty under the pretense that Rusty is Colby's straight friend and future business partner. Colby is convinced that, given the chance, his father and his boyfriend will get along great…
The film is being produced entirely in Washington State. Principal photography is set to begin July 2013.
The idea for Winning Dad was born on the ocean. After working in musical theater, Arthur joined the United States Merchant Marine in 2009 where he wrote Winning Dad while chipping rust and cleaning toilets. He began pre-production in the summer of 2012, when he was recruited by the WA United for Marriage coalition for its Speaker's Bureau to campaign for Marriage Equality in Washington State. We are happy to report that it is no longer a fantasy to say: Winning Dad takes place in a post marriage equality Northwest!
Winning Dad extends the olive branch to those hesitating over the great progress we have made this last year in the United States over sexual equality issues. Winning Dad celebrates the idea that family love strengthens romantic love, and that romantic love—even gay love—strengthens family love too.
Producer: Case Barden | Case is a Seattle native who is currently based in Los Angeles. He was most recently a production assistant on Nina (currently in post-production) and producer for Broken Leg.
Writer/Director: Arthur Allen | Arthur is a Northwest native who graduated from the Great Books curriculum of St. John's College, MD. His graduating study was on Andrei Tarkovksy's 1966 film Andrei Rublev.
Director of Photography: Julia Bruk | Julia graduated from the University of Washington's Digital Arts and Experimental Media program. She is the co-founder of Interstitial Theater, a Seattle Based video art gallery, and a producer for the visual effects and animation studio, LeftJeft Studios.
Musical Director: Julia Massey | Julia is a Maryland born, Seattle based singer/songwriter. Arthur listened to her band, Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount while writing the screenplay for Winning Dad.
Chuck Sigars plays Michael Clarke (Dad) | Chuck has been a weekly columnist for Beacon Publishing since 2001.
Ellen McLain plays Lisa Clarke (Mom) | Ellen is an opera singer and voice actress most well known as GLaDOS in the popular video game, Portal. She is also being featured in this summer's blockbuster, Pacific Rim by Guillermo del Toro.
Jake Street plays Colby Clarke (Son) | Jake performed for three seasons in Oregon's prestigious Oregan Shakespeare festival. He has also been seen in NBC's Grimm and TNT's Leverage.
Arthur Allen plays Rusty (Boyfriend) | After several years in Seattle theater Arthur joined the US Merchant Marine, where he wrote Winning Dad.
Megan Jackson plays Jamie Clarke (Daughter) | Megan is founding member and co-artistic director of Blood Ensemble, a Seattle theater troupe pioneering in Moment Work.
Brian Earp plays Kyle (Acquaintance) | Brian is currently a Research Associate in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Consultant working with the Institute for Science and Ethics at Oxford's Martin School.
Learn more about the cast on our website Cast Page
Winning Dad will feature original music composed for the film by Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount.
The music featured in all of our promotional material has been donated from their existing albums.
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The Winning Dad Team has made it this far and is going all the way. Ours is a passion driven project, and the time is right for a movie like this to be made.
However, despite our best intentions, sometimes things happen: cars get towed, locations revoke their access, and actors get eaten by bears; every film is risky. Planning and preparation are the only true safeguards for projects of this importance, and we have been planning and preparing as a team since the summer of 2012. We have scheduled a 20 day shoot, and are continually establishing volunteer connections to create a network of In-Kind support. We have even had volunteers contact us from as far as Japan, Spain, London, and even Antarctica (no joke).
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