About this project
'What's The Film About In 2000, David Jay came out to his parents. But they were surprised by what he told them. He was asexual. David knew he was not alone in his feelings. He bought the url for asexuality.org and soon, the forum he created for people to talk about their experiences as asexuals was abuzz around the globe online and on talk shows like The View. Inspired by the LGBT movement of the 1960s, Jay is growing the asexual movement. Other members of his community are skeptical that they are a part of the LGBT community. But Jay and experts, like Dan Savage, agree that asexuals are a sexual minority and therefore eligible. But are members of the sex-positive PRIDE march going to accept a group that has rejected sex?
Additional asexual characters will flesh out the movement as a whole. They are:
-Elizabeth, 23, and Brian, 44, a recently engaged couple in Austin, TX. She is asexual and plans a wedding to Brian, who is not asexual.
-Antonia 37, an attractive, African American woman, a life coach who has finally figured out that she is asexual and is eager to organize a group in NYC.
How do you deal with life as an outsider? The film’s characters grapple with this universal question and, over the course of the 3-year production process, we see how they deal with it. The outcomes might surprise you.
Why I Want To Make This Film Issues surrounding inclusion and belonging have always been an interest of mine. This is what drew me to an article in The New York Times about asexuality, which in turn led me to conversations about asexuality and its growing social movement. I soon realized what a button-pushing topic this is and knew that this was the genesis of a fascinating film.
The film approaches its subject in the spirit of irreverent inquiry. Combining intimate interviews, verite footage, and animation with fearless humor and pop culture imagery, the film will explore this emerging subculture from the point of its birth.
This provocative, artistically crafted film deals with the complexity surrounding sexual identity. Just as with other aspects of identity (gender, age, and so on) sexual identity determines how you express yourself to others. The film forces viewers to think about their own sexualities, regardless of orientation, in a new way.
Why We Are Starting A Kickstarter Campaign People say things like “Wow, that sounds great. I can’t wait to see a rough cut to see what it’s all about.” The problem is, it’s hard to get to a rough cut without funding. So we are taking this project to the streets – or to the internet streets – to raise money for our edit. We’re trying to raise $10,000 for an editor to bring the film to a rough cut and we need your help. The film is an Arts Engine project so there are some awesome rewards like a DocuClub subscription, DVDs, digital downloads of the film and cake, which we explain on the website. So we hope you can participate and more importantly, help spread the word through your various networks. Thanks so much.
Why Cake Themed Rewards When someone comes out as asexual on the AVEN website, people receive a cake emoticon to celebrate. We thought it would be fun to tie each of these rewards to our favorite cakes. And who doesn't like cake!
If Rewards Aren't Your Thing... Your donation to this film can be tax deductible. Simply skip the rewards and, when we reach our goal, we'll send you a receipt for your records.
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