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Independent feature film about two estranged gay brothers struggling to reconnect after the recent death of their father. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 22, 2013.

Independent feature film about two estranged gay brothers struggling to reconnect after the recent death of their father.

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.

We are on Facebook, Twitter & we have a Blog.

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!

Hoodie designed, made & worn by Frankie in the movie. Limited supply. Claim your own!
Hoodie designed, made & worn by Frankie in the movie. Limited supply. Claim your own!
4x6 of Frankie option 1
4x6 of Frankie option 1
4x6 of Frankie option 2
4x6 of Frankie option 2
4x6 of Frankie option 3
4x6 of Frankie option 3
12x18 color print ($150 Reward)
12x18 color print ($150 Reward)
  • 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)

Wade, Mark & Frankie
Wade, Mark & Frankie
Greg, Mark & Lila
Greg, Mark & Lila
Lila
Lila
Paul, Lila & Justin
Paul, Lila & Justin
Amy & Hannah
Amy & Hannah
Wade, Greg & Mark
Wade, Greg & Mark

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.

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    A great big THANK YOU on Facebook and exclusive backer updates during production and after.

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    Your picture in a MOSAIC FILM POSTER. We'll make a special digital download version of our film poster made up of thousands of tiny photos of all of you, our backers. In other words, when you look closely, you'll see you are LITERALLY a part of the movie (well, the movie poster, at least). (Plus the $5 reward.)

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    Looking for new music? Let us find it for you. For $10, you get a SPOTIFY PLAYLIST curated by our music consultant/MTV producer-extraordinaire, Soo Hyun Chung. She will craft an eclectic 30 song playlist of some of the newest and best music out there. (Must have or sign up for a free Spotify account to redeem.) (Plus the $5 reward.)

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    An ADVANCE TICKET. For a measly $20, get a private link to the film before anyone else sees it! This one's a no-brainer. (Plus the $5 reward and one $10 reward of your choice.)

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    A SIGNED 4x6 of Frankie Valenti (the one and only Johnny Hazzard!). Choose your photo from the images on the left. Once the campaign is over, we'll email you for your choice of photo, Mr. Hazzard will sign it, and you'll have a cool and sexy keepsake. (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice and the $20 reward.)

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    An exclusive digital download of the song from the trailer, "Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane" PLUS an 8-song album from the artist himself, Donk. His music is amazing. Check it here: http://donksongsunited.bandcamp.com (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice and the $20 reward.) (Reward does not carry over.)

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    The wildly talented poet (and our script consultant) Rachel Kann will create something just for you. Rachel's one of the top spoken word artists out there. (Google her, I dare you) Maybe it will be an original poem that she mails you. Maybe she'll rap and email you the video. Maybe it's a limerick on your Facebook page. It will be something you won't forget. Trust. (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice and the $20 reward.) (Reward does not carry over.)

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    30 Min Breakthrough Coaching Session with life coach (and Where We Belong casting director) Arriane Alexander. (via Skype or phone) Arriane works with actors and others everyday helping them achieve their goals. We love her and you will too! www.arriane.com (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice and the $20 reward.)

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    30 Min Resume Overhaul Session with expert (and Where We Belong associate producer) Andrea Schell. (via phone) Andrea keeps us organized and she'll do wonders for your resume. Trust. www.theschellfactor.weebly.com (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice and the $20 reward.) (Reward does not carry over.)

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    49 backers

    A SPECIAL THANKS in the end credits of the film. Get your name in the movie! Easy. Done. (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice and the $20 reward.)

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    This one's amazing. For $100, you get a personal thank you video from our stars (Frankie Valenti & Mark Strano). They'll create a poem about you, set it to a beat and perform it! You know you want to be serenaded by these two.
    (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20 & $50 reward.)

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    Want to get inside the mind of the director? For $100, you get a signed copy of the director's shooting script with all his filming notes. (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20 & $50 reward.)

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    For all you Johnny Hazzard fans, this one's a beauty. From brilliant photographer Eric Schwabel (schwabelstudio.com), get this gorgeous 12x18 color print of JH brushing his teeth. (ah, the simple joys) See photo to the left. Hang it in the bathroom. Your houseguests will thank you. (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    The director, Wade, works out of "theOffice", a shared workspace for writers in Santa Monica, CA. For $200, he can get you a 1 month trial so you can share the room with more Hollywood screenwriters than you can shake a stick at. www.theofficeonline.com (Travel not included. Current members of theOffice not eligible) (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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    A one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed hoodie made by Frankie Valenti (Mr Johnny Hazzard) himself just like the one he wears in the film. Only 5 of these, hurry. (see image on the left) (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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    A limited edition 8x11 bound photo book of behind the scenes & production stills from the film. A very cool keepsake. You'll feel like you were there. (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.) (Reward does not carry over.)

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    Alright, things are heating up. For $500, you get an invite to the cast & crew screening in LA OR a WeHo bar crawl with the stars (Frankie & Mark) & the director. Come play with us! (no travel or accommodations) (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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    Be featured in the movie! Come shoot a scene in Los Angeles, CA. You will appear on camera as either an impatient customer, a delivery person or a bar patron. And you might even have a line! (no travel or accommodations, shoots June 1, 2, 3 or 9) (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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    PARTY ANIMAL! - For $2500, you get an invite to the cast & crew screening in LA, a WeHo bar crawl with the stars (Frankie & Mark) & the director, PLUS an Associate Producer credit in the film & IMDB. By the end of all this, you'll be a part of the family. (no travel or accommodations) (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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    GROUP THANG - Want to play but can't afford it? Combine your resources. Gather $2500 between your friends, click this reward and we'll give you ALL an invite to the cast & crew screening in LA, the WeHo bar crawl with the stars (Frankie & Mark) & the director. (no producer credit, no travel or accommodations) (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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    FILM BUFF - You love this project. We love this project. Come join us on set for a day in June (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 9th in LA or 18th thru 27th in Central CA). Give your thoughts to the director, have lunch with the cast & crew, get a signed picture, an invite to the cast & crew screening in LA, a WeHo bar crawl with the stars (Frankie & Mark) & the director, and an Associate Producer credit in the film & IMDB. (no travel or accommodations) (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Be our EP. For $10K, you get to join us on set, you get the WeHo bar crawl with the stars (Frankie & Mark) & the director, an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the film & on IMDb plus a round-trip flight (coach) to LA from anywhere in the continental US with 2 nights hotel accommodations included so you can join us at the cast and crew screening in the fall. (Plus the $5 reward, one $10 reward of your choice, and the $20, $50, & $100 script reward.)

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