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A feature-length documentary on same-sex history from ancient Egypt to 1900 AD, featuring rediscovered works of art and poetry.
A feature-length documentary on same-sex history from ancient Egypt to 1900 AD, featuring rediscovered works of art and poetry.
A feature-length documentary on same-sex history from ancient Egypt to 1900 AD, featuring rediscovered works of art and poetry.
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Before Homosexuals is the prequel to the Emmy Award-winning film Before Stonewall.

We achieved our fundraising goal on Monday, July 4, 2016 but we hope that won't dissuade you from joining our project and being a part of history. Contributions can continue to be made through our fiscal sponsor, The Center for Independent Documentary at http://documentaries.org/cid-films/before-homosexuals/

In a way, this film is 33 years in the making. When we began the research for Before Stonewall, we intended to begin as you might expect, with ancient history. But "Homosexuality" wasn't even a category at the National Archives at that time.

Louis Crompton, Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"
Louis Crompton, Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"

Because of extreme homophobia in 1983 - be it museums, universities, archives, anthropology fields and foundations that funded such historical explorations, we were unable to go back in our historical timeline to anything earlier than the personal stories of the people we interviewed whose life spans in 1983 brought us to the early 1920's. Those brave individuals became our primary sources, and much of the archival and stock footage material came out from under their beds or from their attics.

Now due to a important changes in the field of historical preservation and primary research in that world we are now able to find the material that allows us to make what we now call the prequel to Before Stonewall. 

James Saslow Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"
James Saslow Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"

Part of that reality we had to overcome has been interwoven into the narrative of Before Homosexuals and includes this point of view by the director, John Scagliotti.

We Need Your Help

It has been a challenge to bring together interviews with dozens of experts in academia, anthropology, and art history from around the world. But with the generous support of many foundations and individuals, we have woven together a story that began over 4,000 years ago.

Bernadette Brooten Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"
Bernadette Brooten Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"

These past months have also been fruitful outside of the edit room, as our crew has traveled throughout Europe, collecting many hours of new, original footage and still imagery.

We hunted down a recent and nearly inaccessible discovery from the Greek island of Astypalea, where a young man professed his same-sex activity by carving it into stone nearly 2500 years ago. Museum Curator Carl Brandon Strehlke lead us on a search of Michelangelo’s Love Sonnets at the Casa Buonarroti in Florence. And we videotaped the beautiful tomb of Oscar Wilde in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris as a lead into our very moving tribute to the many gay martyrs at the end of our film. We've only been able to do these things and much more because of the support of so many who have helped us along the way. 

And so now we enter our final production phase of this important film. We call it the "finishing phase." While the feature length edit is complete, there are some critical steps yet to take:

1. We need to hire a composer who will take our musical inspirations and create an original score to complement the beautiful and fascinating same-sex stories we've included in our final edit.

2. We need resources for our final sound mix, including some dubbing and additional sound effects.

3. Resources for final negotiations for material rights from the many museums and institutions which have allowed us access to precious historical material .

4. Color Correction to add a polish to our many stunning visuals.

5. Master work, such as a DCP for distribution, including to film festivals, which will bring our finished film to thousands around the world.

Other Ways You Can Help

In addition to directly supporting this Kickstarter campaign, become one of our Saving History Ambassadors! Spread the word about our project. Tell your co-workers, friends, family-- anyone who needs to hear about this important documentary. Go to our Facebook page and like, share, and post your thoughts. Show your Pride by saving your history.

Thank you for your generous support.

John Scagliotti, Director

"BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS" T-SHIRTS

One of our many fabulous premiums is a limited edition "Before Homosexuals" t-shirt. They come in S, M, L, XL, 2XL sizes. Aren’t they neat? On the front, you will see our lovely “Before Homosexuals” logo, and on the back is a quote from one of our interviewees, Bernadette Brooten. “Without preserving this, our lives are totally wiped out… it depends upon each fragment of information being saved…”

"EVERY FRAGMENT COUNTS" MUG SERIES

Capture a piece of LGBT history for yourself with one of these delightful mugs, featuring imagery used in the film itself:

Fab Jesus!
Fab Jesus!

 

"Sisterhood Sigeh"
"Sisterhood Sigeh"

 

"The Warren Cup"
"The Warren Cup"

 

"Before Homosexuals Logo"
"Before Homosexuals Logo"


Risks and challenges

This project is very near completion. Because of this most unexpected set backs have already come and have been dealt with. Our project is in a very strong position to be completed as expected (by the end of 2016).

With the continued support of many individuals and foundations, we have been fortunate to see this project through to the point we are at currently, and we are confident that any future unforeseen "hurdles" won't stop us from reaching our goal.

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    THANK YOU! – Every bit counts! With the generous support of many like you, the finish line is within view. And to show our appreciation, we will add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THANK YOU! MAILER – Thank you for your generous support of our project! Our director, John Scagliotti, will happily send you a personal “Before Homosexuals” postcard, thanking you for your contribution! We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    “BEFORE STONEWALL DVD” – Support our latest project while enjoying some of John Scagliotti’s other great films! Receive a DVD copy of the Emmy-winning film that started it all. “Before Stonewall” (1983) uncovers the history of the Gay and Lesbian community, prior to the Stonewall Rebellion. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    “AFTER STONEWALL DVD” – Support our latest project while enjoying some of John Scagliotti’s other great films! Receive a DVD copy of “After Stonewall” (1999), a retrospective of the Gay Rights Movement from the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion to the end of the 20th Century. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    “DANGEROUS LIVING DVD” – Support our latest project while enjoying some of John Scagliotti’s other great films! Receive a DVD copy of “Dangerous Living” (2003), the documentary presenting the realities of coming out in the developing world. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    BEARS SUPPORT SAME-SEX HISTORY - Help defend our history like a mama bear defending her cub. Our director John Scagliotti doesn't only make documentaries, he also hosts film festivals, like the VT Bear Film Festival. With your contribution you will receive a free VT Bear Film Festival hat. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    EVERY FRAGMENT COUNTS MUG SERIES - As Bernadette Brooten says in "Before Homosexuals,"
    "It depends upon each fragment being saved." With your contribution, you will receive a stylish coffee mug, printed with one of five different historical LGBT artworks used in the film. You can choose from any of the following themes: The Before Homosexuals Logo, The Warren Cup, Sisterhood Sigeh, or "Fab Jesus". We will also add your name to our "Thank You Honor Roll" on our official website.

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    “BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS T-SHIRT” – Show your pride with a fabulous “Before Homosexuals” logo T-shirt. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    STONEWALL COMBO – Support our latest project while enjoying two of John Scagliotti’s other great films! Receive a DVD copy of "Before Stonewall" AND" After Stonewall." We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD – Be among the first to see “Before Homosexuals!” Be granted access to an exclusive digital download of “Before Homosexuals,” in advance of the film’s DVD release. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE MOVIE! – Because of you and our many other generous supporters, this film is becoming a reality. Receive a DVD copy of “Before Homosexuals” in advance of the film’s DVD release. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE LEGACY COMBO PACK – Get both the limited edition "Before Homosexuals" T-shirt (S,M,L,XL,2XL) and your choice of one of John Scagliotti's previous films (Before Stonewall, After Stonewall, or Dangerous Living). We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    "Before Homosexuals" T-SHIRT & MUG COMBO - Show your pride with a fabulous “Before Homosexuals” logo T-shirt. AND choose from one of FOUR terrific LGBT themed mugs from our "Every Fragment Counts" mug series. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE DIRECTOR’S CUT! – Receive a DVD copy of the director’s cut of “Before Homosexuals,” in advance of the film’s DVD release. This version will include scenes removed for purposes of television broadcast and distribution, and will include an interview with director John Scagliotti about the film’s production. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE DIRECTOR’S COMBO PACK – Receive a DVD copy of the director’s cut of “Before Homosexuals,” in advance of the film’s DVD release. This version will include scenes removed for purposes of television broadcast and distribution, and will include an interview with director John Scagliotti about the film’s production. You will also receive a “Before Homosexuals” logo T-shirt. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE DVD COMBO PACK – Receive all four DVDS: “Before Stonewall”, “After Stonewall”, “Dangerous Living”, and “Before Homosexuals”. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    FILM FANATIC COMBO PACK – Receive all four DVDS: “Before Stonewall”, “After Stonewall”, “Dangerous Living”, and “Before Homosexuals”. AND a limited edition "Before Homosexuals" T-shirt (S,M,L,XL,2XL) AND a "Before Homosexuals" postcard, signed by our director, John Scagliotti. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    CREDIT FUNDERS – Add your name to the historical record! Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR – Here’s your opportunity to ask director John Scagliotti about the ins and outs of the creation of “Before Homosexuals”. You’ll have an hour-long, one-on-one Skype meeting with the director. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    ORIGINAL “BEFORE STONEWALL” MOVIE POSTER – Receive an original copy of the “Before Stonewall” movie poster, signed by producer John Scagliotti. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    MAJOR CREDIT FUNDERS – Add your name to the historical record! Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals,” under the heading of “Major Funders.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE LAVENDER HOUR – “Before Homosexuals” director John Scagliotti made his bones in the radio business, by producing the very first GLBT radio show on commercial radio (WBCN Boston). That show was “The Lavender Hour.” With your contribution, you will receive a CD complete with all of the original episodes from this groundbreaking program. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals,” under the heading of “Major Funders.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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