Telling Chuck's story has been a longer journey than we ever imagined, but also more rewarding. I'm thrilled to announce that a finished film is finally in our sites!
Last week, we watched the first rough cut of the film — 3.5 hours — and are now in the process of cutting it down and shaping the story. After over four years of research and nearly 50 interviews, this is a major milestone. Over the next month and a half, we'll also be laying in news footage, photos, music and film footage.
Which brings me to even better news — we've located the original prints of those Falcon films, and have begun the process of preservation and restoration. We've transferred the original print of the Other Side of Aspen (SFW pic attached), and it's so good that Falcon has agreed to do the rest of the transfers themselves. Those early Falcon films are crucial records of gay life post-liberation, and for those of you who haven't seen them, they're incredible.
More good news: though the film isn't yet finished, we're already in discussions with distributors and festivals. I expect to have more good news for you in the coming weeks!
Many of you gave to this project because you were Falcon fans. Others, because you were fans of gay history (and probably a few because I guilted you personally). Whatever the reason, we can't thank you enough.
Some of you gave because you knew Chuck personally. To those who did know Chuck, I have a special request: images and records of Chuck are very limited. In part because of the danger involved with making these films in the 70s and 80s, Chuck wasn't often photographed. Over the next month, I'll be tracking down photos, documents and anything else that will help bring Chuck and Chuck's story to life. If you've got anything that might help, please reach out (email@example.com)
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Thanks again, and more soon!