About this project
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On Christmas Day of 2003, a man was found shot on the campus of Johnson & Wales. Propped up against a chain link fence, it was clear his murder was a message to others. But he wasn't a student; this man was a hustler, one of the many men who sell themselves on the streets of Providence everyday. Despite the gruesome nature of his death, Roy Weber's murder has never been solved.
More Information about Roy Weber: http://www.royweber.com/index.html
There are many men who roam the streets of Providence, Rhode Island who remain unseen – unless you are looking. Invisible delves into the world of male prostitution through interviews with the men who live the life. These men live in two worlds: one at home, where they are fathers and husbands, and one in the adult bookstores, where they are addicts and hustlers. Many find themselves trapped in a cycle of addiction and incarceration that leaves little room for escape. What drives a man toward this lifestyle, and why is this phenomenon so overlooked? Invisible explores these questions by looking at masculinity, sex, poverty, drug abuse, and the city where it all happens: Providence, RI.
Wrapped up in it all is Richard Holcomb, founder of the outreach program Project Weber. A former hustler himself, Rich now finds himself on the same street corners he used to live on, reaching out to those who still sell themselves. Though a town like Providence is known for its progressive social attitude, Rich has found that advocating for health and human services for sex workers is more often met with disgust rather than compassion. Despite this, Rich soldiers on with his outreach bag and the memory of those who were lost to the streets.
While this is a really important project for the community of Providence, RI, we are not just focused on issues concerning New England.
We are exploring these issues in New York and San Francisco as well as Montreal and Prague if and only if this campaign is successful!
Through the film we're exploring a vast range of topics, including:
-What does drug addiction mean for this population?
-What is masculinity?
-What does it mean to be a "straight" male in 21st century America?
With your help and the funds we raise through this kickstarter campaign, we'll be able to tell the story of these men (and undoubtedly, many others) in the manner it deserves. Help us get there! You support is appreciated on our end, and you'd be helping raise awareness of a population that is INVISIBLE.
Thanks for your time and effort and we can't wait to move forward with the film.
MORE INFORMATION ON PROJECT WEBER:
Edge Boston: Former Male Prostitute Helps Hustlers Leave R.I. Streets
Edge San Francisco: Do HIV/AIDS Service Organizations Effectively Reach Male Sex Workers?
Anchor Online: Male prostitution in Providence
Project Weber Facebook:
Rich Holcomb Wikipedia:
With over 50 hours of interviews and on-the-street footage gathered already, Invisible provides an uncompromising look at the world of male prostitution. As production continues into the summer, we will continue to interrogate the causes of this lifestyle as well as the misconceptions about what a male prostitute really is. With these men being one of the highest risk groups for HIV infection, can the public really let this population continue to go unnoticed?
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