About this project
WE'RE STILL GOING! (see our goals below)
Growing up gay in a small town can be an isolating experience. I think most everyone can agree with that. But growing up gay with a gay brother or sister… what's that like? Do you talk about it with one another? Does it make the experience less isolating? How do you disappoint Mom and Dad, twice?
Where We Belong is an intimate drama that explores the unique dynamic between two wildly different gay brothers. Younger brother Todd ran away at eighteen and never looked back while older brother Chet quietly assumed the burden of prodigal son. They are never able to really connect with one another until Dad dies. It speaks volumes about the tremendous force he had (and still has) over them and the internalized shame they both carry as a result. With our pride parades and general acceptance by the mainstream, why is telling Dad still so hard?
We are a small group of indie filmmakers with a lot of passion and not a lot of money. We are reaching out to you, our friends old and new, to push us over the finish line. We have shot roughly half of the movie and need your help to finish. We are making a film that is different - it's not about coming out or fighting for our rights. It's about learning how to be ourselves. It's about that journey we are all on to find that place in the world and within ourselves where we belong.
We will be shooting the rest of the movie in June. This includes flashback scenes of the brothers when they were young, their Dad, as well as all of the other supporting roles.
Kickstarter works like this - if we don't make our goal, we don't see a dime. With that in mind, we have set our goal on the low end to make sure we hit it! But it's just our first goal. All money above our first goal will be very well spent.
1st Goal – 15,000
This will pay for location fees, lodging, props and equipment rentals for the 2nd part of the shoot.
2nd Goal – 20,000
This will give us the much-needed funds to feed our cast and crew for their 12 hour days and nourish the endless amount of passion and energy they've put into this.
3rd Goal – 25,000
This is the real production goal. This will pay for business expenses (payroll fees, attorney fees, etc), stuff like hard drives and expendables PLUS the (modest) salaries for everyone involved.
4th Goal – 30,000
Anything above 30K will take us through production and into post-production (color correction, sound mixing, editor fees, festival submissions, etc)
We have friends all across the entertainment industry pitching in free or low-cost equipment, locations and time, all because they believe in this film and our vision as filmmakers. Any dollar that you can give will be stretched and milked for every penny. We are really good at making a tiny-budgeted film look like a million bucks. Just look at our trailer above!
We've put a lot of thought into creating rewards that are fun and meaningful. Rewards that allow you to be a part of our journey every step of the way. If there's something you don't see, shoot us an email and let us know how you'd like to be involved. We LOVE collaboration. And be sure to click the UPDATES link at the top of the page for actor interviews and more that we'll be posting throughout this campaign.
We are pouring our souls into this movie because we think it has the potential to go far and be seen by audiences everywhere. One day next year, we plan to be sitting next to YOU, our filmmaking family, in the theatre, watching in pride at what we were able to accomplish together. We can't do it without you so please join us.
Join us there for behind-the-scene photos, videos and more.
- Mark Strano as Chet (co-writer)
- Frankie Valenti (aka Johnny Hazzard) as Todd
- Gregory Marcel as Brandon
*check out their bios
- Wade Gasque (co-writer, director, producer)
- Paul Della Pelle (producer)
- Adonis Cruz (producer, assistant camera)
- Lila Javan (cinematographer)
- Andrea Schell (associate producer)
- Josh Raymond (associate producer)
- Arriane Alexander (casting)
- Justin Doty (sound)
- Joey Blackburn (grip)
- Hannah Drasil (set dresser)
- Ammy Naff (makeup)
*check out their bios
Check out more information on some of our rewards!
- A huge thanks to Mike Weiss, aka Donk, musician-extraordinaire, who sings Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane featured in the trailer. Want to hear more? Claim his $25 reward to the right. Listen here.
- Check out Soo Hyun's bio ($10 reward)
- Check out Andrea's resume service ($30 reward)
- Check out Arriane's coaching session ($30 reward)
- Check out Rachel Kann's spoken word ($25 reward)
- Check out The Office in Brentwood, CA ($200 reward)
- Check out Eric Schwabel's photography ($150 reward)
How do I pledge? When is my card charged?
Have some questions about funding a project on Kickstarter? Check out Kickstarter's link for backer questions! (But don't hesitate to email us directly thru this page with any questions about the process or the film itself)
Risks and challenges
After our 30-day campaign ends, Kickstarter releases your email addresses to us so that we can contact you with your reward. We will work tirelessly to get these rewards out to you as quickly as possible. Please note that some of the rewards, like the Cast and Crew Screening Party, won't happen until the fall. We've got to finish the film first! :) If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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