Femme is a short film about Carson, a gay twenty-something looking for love on all the wrong apps. After being rejected by an online hookup for being too “femme”, Carson embarks on a hilarious journey towards self-discovery and acceptance by way of a manic existential crisis and a drag queen fairy godmother. Set in Hell’s Kitchen, the epicenter of New York City gay life, Carson must confront his own notions of masculinity, gender performance, and discrimination within the LGBTQ community.
By Corey Camperchioli, Creator of Femme
I wrote Femme because I grew up thinking it was bad for a boy to be feminine. How could I not? Boys teased me relentlessly for not acting like them, pointing out my high-pitched voice and my distinct strut as evidence against me. One time at a gas station, an attendant asked me if I was a boy or a girl. I wasn’t like all the other boys, that’s for sure. But I also didn’t identify as a girl. I was this strange in-between. I was femme.
As I grew up, owning my “femme”-ness felt more authentic than any performance of masculinity I tried to put on, but I also felt that being my “femme” self was not attractive. It’s kinda reinforced—well, everywhere. Hop on Grindr and you’ll see “no femmes” and “masc only” more times than you can count. I had never seen someone celebrated for being femme before.So I took the word “femme” and decided that I would write a movie about it. Femme: The Film was born.
As the project developed, it rapidly became more and more timely. A president who ran a campaign on fear, oppression, and hate was elected. Anyone labeled “different” or “other” now lives in a constant state of uneasiness. As I write this, I wonder whether my rights as a gay man will be stripped away before my very eyes. I’m not sure, and that fear has rattled me to my core. But I can’t let that fear paralyze me. I know that now more than ever, I must raise my voice and tell my story: A story about someone marked “different” who learns to love himself as is. It’s something that I’m still learning how to do, and I hope my journey toward self-love will set others on the track to loving themselves, too. Especially those femme boys out there—those who get told to “deepen their voice”, “tone it down”, or “butch it up.” I want to tell you what I wish someone had told me a long time ago: you are perfect exactly as you are. So live loud, femme boys. This one’s for you.
We need your help to get this movie made—we can’t do it without you! Money raised will go to the following:
Our budget is very tight, but we’re confident that this talented team will produce a finished project that feels like it has three times the budget.
Corey burst on to the scene at Tribeca Film Festival, appearing alongside Laverne Cox in Migraine just days before graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is also a face of MTV’s “Look Different” campaign, which aims to put an end to microaggressions—ways we subconsciously perpetuate homophobia, racism, and sexism. You can currently catch him in as Charlie on Season One and Two of Pride: The Series, now streaming on Amazon. As a writer, his debut play “3” premiered at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in midtown Manhattan. @coreycamp
Alden Peters is an award-winning filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His documentary feature, Coming Out, premiered in September 2015, and has garnered multiple audience awards at film festivals around the world and was picked up for distribution by Wolfe Releasing. He is the founder of Casa Vera Films, where he produces and directs documentary films.
Alden also edits video content for Mic, which is viewed by millions of millennials around the world. His writing has appeared in Hello Mr. and The Daily Beast, his photography has been featured in GAYLETTER, and his film work has been featured in Out Magazine, Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, NPR, Mashable, BuzzFeed, and many more.
Alden has a BFA in film production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He also studied documentary and essay filmmaking with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba in Havana, Cuba. He has spoken across the globe about the LGBTQ experience, personal storytelling in film, and the intersection of the two.
He loves sci-fi films. @aldenpeters
Benno Rosenwald is a Los Angeles based film and television producer and development executive. He started his career working for The Gersh Agency in New York City where his love affair with the entertainment industry began. After moving back to his hometown of Los Angeles, he worked with Jerry and Janet Zucker (Airplane, Ghost, Rat Race, etc.) helping them build their business in the television market. At the same time Benno started his own production company Mooki Entertainment in 2015 which has produced its first two productions Undergrads, a pilot presentation, and Ecstasy & Agony a short film. Benno through Mooki Entertainment is dedicated to bringing new voices to the film and television markets working with young talent to create work that shines a light on what it means to be millennial and confronts issues we are facing as our generation becomes "the adults".
Benno is also a board member of Center Theater Group's Young Producer Circle where he helps shape the future of theater in Los Angeles. As a board member of the largest nonprofit theater organization in LA he is dedicated to bringing theater to the masses and ensuring that the quality theatrical programming of Center Theater Group will be around for many generations to come.
Benno has a BA in Drama from Stanford University and is currently getting his MFA from the Peter Stark Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
His guilty pleasure is eating Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream while watching any and all Real Housewives of (insert city here).
Changing Film Productions—Co-Producer
Changing Film Productions is a small independent production company based in New York. They are recently coming off of the success of their latest feature film Till We Meet Again, which had a limited theatrical release in the US and worldwide distribution on VOD (iTunes and Netflix). Changing Film is always ready to dive into new narrative and commercial productions- specializing in low-budget independent short and feature films. Changing Film has a reputation of making everything look original, high budget, and unique. Using a dedicated team of filmmakers, they are able to produce high-end films with huge success from both peers and from the audience with minimalistic ultra-low budgets.
Risks and challenges
We’re living in uncertain political times. As we prepare for this film, we’re keeping in mind that every day holds new surprises and challenges, especially in New York City, that can affect our production and postproduction timeline. But we’re also confident we can rise to the occasion and overcome any challenge presented to us. Bring it on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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