Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A punk rock love epic that offers a subversive and realistic look at being gay and single in the digital age.
81 backers pledged $4,650 to help bring this project to life.

About

Cigarettes & Valentines project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$4,650

81

Cigarettes & Valentines is an hour-long dramedy series about romance in the digital age (or lack thereof...) and finding love in a Grindr world - especially for those outcasts who do not fit in to the Ken Doll mold; This is a punk rock love epic that shows what happens when a romantic comedy gets hit with a bucket of ice cold reality. 

Ever watch Looking? C&V is the anti Looking! ;-) This is a dramedy that is FULL ON with both the comedy and drama. The tone of the show is a cross between an awkward cringey comedy, like The Comeback, and a melancholy Sofia Coppola sort of film - meets gay Get Out.

SUMMARY:

Adrian Ludlow is a gay twenty-nothing hopelessexual living in Brooklyn, whose life has veered drastically off-course. A former punk, Adrian is rapidly running out of luck, out of hope, and out of cigarettes. Finding himself broke and loveless, he accepts a job writing "sponsored content" for Clickline (the online destination for uptight millennials), and is quickly making his way down the slide of assimilation.  

When his best friend and roommate, Charlie, convinces him to join a world he's always had an aversion to - online dating - it sets off a chain of events that finds Adrian on a journey, desperately trying to find romance, in an attempt to answer the question... does love still exist in a Grindr world? And does being yourself amount to a life of solitude? Through one awkward moment, almost-lover, and ill-fated non-suitor after another, Adrian tries to maintain his punk rock spirit as he navigates his way through a tightly-wound gay culture where conformity rules the night. The young punk must rely on his own inner fire, and the sparks falling from his cigarettes, to march forward and find everything he wants - before the clock of his youth ticks down to turning 30 - Gay 70 - and time runs out.  

Cigarettes & Valentines is a provocative and unflinching punk rock love epic - a melancholy study on the erosion of love in the digital age, disguised as a comedy about dating.

WHAT WE DOIN':

We've had some interest in the show, but they always want to see footage first. So for this endeavor, we are filming a sizzle reel/pilot presentation, which we shall edit into an epic trailer. This will help us generate interest and sell the show, so we can produce the full series. Remember: If we don't hit the fundraising goal, we don't get to keep any of the money! So please help support bold, daring, and independent LGBT content!

MISSION STATEMENT:

"Some people are batshit crazy. Others are just crazy enough..."

Why are we making this show? Because no one else did.

For a decade now, I’ve been gay and single, seemingly always going up against the same issues (hookup culture, cliques, judgement, ghosting, soullessness, heartbreak, gay archetypes and the expectations of fulfilling those roles, etc). Every gay person I know is dealing with the same things - yet we all think we’re alone. I’ve never seen these things discussed on TV. I’ve never seen gay characters that I could relate to. I've never seen the reality of gay dating discussed in the open.

Nobody is aware of the things that single LGBT people are really going through because nobody talks about it! Nobody There has never been a show like this. There has never been a gay character like Adrian, who is tough as nails, yet ultimately very fragile. (The funniest moments of the show are when Adrian, this bitter abrasive punk, is put in situations where he’s expected to be like these musical theater/interior decorating kind of gays.)  

So the goal is to hopefully make something that really is quite revolutionary and trailblazing.

Season one episodes range from "Don't Masc, Don't Tell", a study on modern masculinity; to "The Bomb Shelter of Cranford, New Jersey", a cringeworthy sexual odyssey in the suburbs; to "Pavlov's Romance", a look at the toll of repeated heartbreak and the emotional cost of individuality. This is a dramedy that is FULL ON with both the comedy and the drama! (Yknow... some offer neither...)

MONEY MONEY MONEY:

We set a modest goal, but filming in NYC is expensive, so the more funds we raise, the better it can be! Our expenses include:

- Equipment (sound, audio, lighting, etc)
- Locations (Adrian and Charlie's apartment, big bar scene, etc)
- Crew
- Hair/makeup/wardrobe/props
- Artwork/design
- Soundtrack
- Transportation and catering for the crew
- Post-production/editing
- Reward fulfilment

The majority of our cast & crew is volunteering their time, because they really believe in this show. Any unused funds will go towards compensating them for their hard work. (Particularly our amazing Director of Photography).

ETC ETC ETC!

Below are some images and clips from the pilot script for you guys. We will be updating this page regularly with things like poster art and video diaries. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU all so much for supporting and believing in this show. This is a show that is made by - and for - all the twenty-nothing hopelessexuals...

Meet Adrian.
Meet Adrian.
Dat Tinder life.
Dat Tinder life.
Opening sequence.
Opening sequence.
Hopelessexual.
Hopelessexual.
Adie and Charlie. #Chadie
Adie and Charlie. #Chadie
Bar life...
Bar life...
#SomethingMore
#SomethingMore

 Here

Design by Alessandra Rabellino.
Design by Alessandra Rabellino.

Risks and challenges

This show is a labor of love. We are making this fully independently on a low budget so we don’t have to water anything down. Thankfully we’ve got a great team behind us, ready to take on NYC! Then the world. #gayvolution.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Angry Picture of My Dog

    At this ever so economical level, you will receive a digital photo of Charles Winston Cornelius Bojangles Harlow, everyone’s favorite bipolar chihuahua, where he will be snarling at you for only contributing $5 ;)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Thank You!

    “Do u like me? Check yes or no...”

    Aw you checked yes! Well in that case, you shall receive a handwritten thank you note. This show is such a labor of love; every little bit helps, and we appreciate every contribution. Even if you are a bit of a cheapskate. ;)

    Includes
    - An angry picture of my dog.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    11 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 20 or more About US$ 20

    Video Message

    A video message from the C&V cast & crew to thank you for your contribution and discuss anything else you’d like us to. (Need dating advice? We got’ch you!)

    Includes
    - An angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    21 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 45 or more About US$ 45

    Access to Behind the Scenes Footage

    Don’t miss all the drama. Let’s be honest... put this many homos in a room with long hours and a tight budget, there’s going to be a catfight or two. There shall be laughs, tears, drama, and most likely breaking out in a song or two (Grease 2 sing-a-long! Anybody...?). With this link, you won’t miss a moment of all the hijinks!

    Includes:
    - An angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you note
    - Video message

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Stick It!

    What will make the kids at school jealous? A C&V sticker pack, of course! You’ll receive stickers featuring the logo art, as well as phrases from the show, such as “Hopelessexual”. Though if this is what your kids are bringing to school, you miiiiight need to have some sort of conversation....

    You can stick them in daylight or stick them where the sun don’t shine! 🤗

    Includes:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    *NEW!* C&V Movie Night!

    New reward for our last week! Come hang out with us!

    Join Team C&V at the C&V compound for popcorn and a scary movie night! And yes, we’re the types who scream and talk to the screen... ;) We can decide on the movie, but I’m thinking the seminal 1996 Blockbuster classic, “Pinnocchio’s Revenge”... Just consider us your own personal Mystery Science Theater.

    Transportation not provided. Will take place on a mutually agreed upon night in September or October in NYC.

    Includes all previous rewards.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 80 or more About US$ 80

    *NEW* Theme Song

    In celebration of hitting the halfway mark, we’ve got a new reward for you guys!!

    We’ve got some talented and kickass people working on the music for the show. So at this level, the C&V music team will write you your own theme song, which we will perform, record, and send to you. Tell us a little about yourself (or a particular occasion you’d like this for), we’ll peruse your social media so we can get a feel for who you are, and we will craft an epic song that’s perfectly suited for you!

    Want to ask that not-so-special someone out in song? We got you! (Though I’ve done this before and, uh... yeah. Didn’t go over so well... But yours totally will!!! 😜)

    Includes:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Thank you note
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage
    - Stickers

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 90 or more About US$ 90

    *NEW* T-Shirt!

    This reward went super quickly so we added more for our final week! A C&V T-shirt with your choice of the logo art, or our epic HOPELESSEXUAL T-shirt!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Invite to the C&V BBQ! (+Extra)

    Want to eat, drink, and be merry with your fellow hopelessexuals? Now you can! Come to the C&V launch party cast & crew BBQ! Will take place in NYC (Astoria) sometime around/near September/October. Accommodations/travel not included.

    But WAIT! There’s MORE! You will also get to be an extra in our big bar scene, and have a walk-on role.

    Included:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage
    - Stickers

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    Dinner with my Dad

    Let’s be honest... we all know who the real draw is here (and it ain’t me!). You’ll be treated to dinner with me and my dad, where he will I’m sure give you all the life advice you’d like... whether you asked for it or not!

    (Travel to NYC not included)

    Includes:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage
    - Stickers
    - Tshirt
    - Invite to the BBQ
    - A walk-on/extra role

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    “But Ricky! I wanna be in the show....”

    Aright, moviestar! Put on the concealer and git ready for that closeup! At this level, you will get a one-line part in the show (at least one line), and will be in the trailer. Must be available in NYC around September/October. We’ll do our best to accommodate that it’s a part that’s well suited to you.

    But WAAAAAIT! There’s more! (Doing my best Slap Chop guy voice...) We will also name a character in a future episode after you.

    Includes:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage
    - Stickers
    - Invite to the BBQ
    - A walk-on/extra role

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 350 or more About US$ 350

    Writing Consoltation: Be IN the show!

    This show is all about giving voice to the things we all go through that nobody talks about. It is as much about your lives and your journies as it is about us and ours.

    You will receive a writing consolation with the C&V creative team. Tell us your bad date/relationship stories, and we will write it into a future episode of season one (begins production approximately Spring 2019). Ever wanted to see your story dramatized? Now you can! (If you’re not located in NYC, this can be done over Skype)

    Includes:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage
    - Stickers
    - Invite to the BBQ
    - A walk-on/extra role

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Speaking Part AND Writing Consolation

    You will get a one-line (at least) role in the trailer, have a character named after you, AND have your story written into an episode of season one. Best of both worlds bitch!

    Includes:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage
    - Stickers
    - Invite to the BBQ
    - Dinner

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    The C&V Wingman Experience

    Troubles in dating? Allow Team C&V to assist! The main cast will take you out for a night on the town, where we will make it our mission to be your own personal wingman and get you lots of numbers of all the hot ladies/fellas.... or we will make fools of ourselves trying!

    Travel to NYC not included. Can be arranged for a date of your choosing Fall 2018.

    Includes:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage
    - Stickers
    - T-shirt
    - Invite to the BBQ
    - Dinner
    - A speaking role
    - Character named after you
    - Writing consoltation

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 3,000 or more About US$ 3,000

    The Vivian Ward Experience

    That’s right. You give us the same amount of money that Julia Roberts hooked herself out for in Pretty Woman, and we’ll give you... EVERYTHING. 😜

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    C and V and Tee

    (Limited supply)

    What’s behind Door #5? An exclusive hand printed C&V T-shirt! Featuring your choice of the logo, the poster art, or the very descriptive “Hopelessexual” T-shirt.

    Also did you know when people write capital T on Grindr, that means they’re on meth?! Who knew?! So this will be a capital T-shirt without the meth!

    Includes:
    - Angry picture of my dog
    - Handwritten thank you
    - Video message
    - Behind the scenes footage
    - Stickers!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)