"Chris/tina" is the series. "My Secret Self" is the pilot episode that launches this ground-breaking, humorous, provocative series.
What is Chris/tina?
Registered and copyrighted, "Chris/tina" is a scripted, half-hour dramedy series that I've created and developed. Here is a link to the trailer: http://christinaseries.wordpress.com/about/
A teenage twin living in a machismo, middle-class thinking, Catholic based Latin neighborhood with his college all-American athlete brother and his politically ambitious mother is caught between the expectations of that world and with who he really is inside...a woman.
What Do I Want To Do With It?
I want to shoot the pilot episode that launches the entire TV series (WOO HOO!). It’s been an amazing 2 1/2 year journey that includes the creation of a TV Bible covering three seasons worth of material, four written episodes for the first season and pitches to CBS/Showtime with additional network interest from HERE and Logo TV. As impressive as all that is, it's become clear to me that I need to shoot the pilot episode to finally bring my series to fruition. Distributors will then have a clearer, visual understanding of what my series is about. A picture is worth a thousand words and this pilot will have a far greater and long-lasting impact than mere verbal pitches.
The script is complete and amazing. It was a 2010 semi-finalist in the NexTV Writing and Pitch competition. I have also partnered up with an LA-based production company,Anchorbolt Studios, to help me execute the shoot. They have assembled a crew and have already found a couple of locations for free that are essential to the story.
We are looking to shoot in late August and have determined that the length of the shoot will be 4 to 5 days.
LGBT YOUTH FOCUS:
When the pilot is done, I will give back to the community to help at risk teens, closeted teens and bullied teens. From screening the pilot at high schools and colleges through their LGBT organizations to posting websites with the help of public service announcements at the end of the episode, the LGBT youth can find help and answers.
I'm will submit the pilot episode to various film festivals across the U.S. and put it up online to reach a larger audience.
But I will say that this project is so incredibly important to me because I know the impact that this series as a whole can have on the LGBT people around the world. I want to help youth that are being bullied, that are at risk or that are still in the closet. My heart goes out to them because I fortunately know what it's like to be loved for who and what I am. My series as a whole will create dialogue, change and acceptance so that LGBT youth, particularly those dealing with gender identity issues, can be themselves AND so that their parents and communities can better understand and love them for who they are. But before I can do all that, I need to shoot the pilot episode that launches the whole series.
The Cast (More Surprises to Come in a few weeks)
Marlene Forte: Plays Gloria, his politically ambitious, middle-class behaving mother. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0287168/
Justin Huen: Plays Diego (Chris and Anthony's gay first cousin who is a Harley-riding, tat sporting guy who will fuck you up. And funny as all hell) IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1635027/
Remaining roles will be cast in a few weeks from casting sessions obtained through Actors Access and LA Casting.
Where Your Money Will Go:
Because a series like this has never been done before, we want to make sure we have the best resources possible to shoot it right and do it justice. We have people donating their time and resources and we have acquired certain locations for free, but your generous donations are greatly needed to help us realize this amazing project. Donations will go towards equipment rentals that will help us to professionally shoot, light and sound the pilot; location fee for an athletic field where the pilot episode begins; feeding cast and crew to keep their energy and enthusiasm high on the set; obtaining SAG insurance so everyone is protected on set; post production costs like editing and sound design.
This project can not happen without your help and so all your donations are greatly appreciated! :)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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