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LGBT youth who are no longer content with being silenced by their administration, peers and parents stand up and speak out! Read more

Denver, CO Documentary
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This project's funding goal was not reached on December 12, 2011.

LGBT youth who are no longer content with being silenced by their administration, peers and parents stand up and speak out!

Denver, CO Documentary
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About this project

Breaking the Silence is a feature-length documentary created by youth to explore the issue of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) discrimination in schools. The story delves into why discrimination happens, the lack of support and outreach in some environments and the significant impact one voice can have.

The director, Shea Dietz, leads us through a film chronicling his journey from coming out in high school to becoming an award winning activist. He experiences resistance from his parents, peers and most of all his Jesuit high school, but manages, at the same time, to find individuals who support his vision. With their help, Shea develops the "Gays Upon the Future" campaign which encourages students to take control of their own rights movement.

We have spent the last year filming and have finally moved into post! This  documentary has been produced for under $5,000, a slew of I-owe-yous and truck loads of passion. We finally have something to show for our work and are looking to you to help us to finalize our vision! We need to edit, score and repay everyone who has worked with us thus far. Our lack of funding is threatening to bring us to a standstill. Pledge so these stories don't continue to collect dust.

We believe this film will not open eyes to the issue of bullying but also begin a serious discussion of what steps can be taken to reduce discrimination in schools. This film is not about a problem. It is about solutions and the strength that can be gained by standing up and breaking the silence. 

In addition to your generous donations we would deeply appreciate a Like, Tweet, Follow or hit on our website!

Breaking the Silence - Website : Facebook

Gays Upon the Future - WebsiteFacebook : Twitter

Thank you!

Directed by: Shea Alexander Dietz

Produced by: Shea Dietz, Kevin Halladay-Glynn and James Egan

This project is supported by: The Matthew Shepard Foundation, GLAD, The Center, Out Front Colorado, One Colorado, GSA Network and HRC. Join them!

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    Pledge $1 or more
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    Every contribution helps! You are added to our email list providing updates on our film's progress, press, and festival circuit!

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    22 backers

    Everything above + you are listed on our website as a supporter!

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    2 backers

    Everything above + a Gays Upon The Future T-Shirt (as seen on our website)!

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    Everything above + a DVD of final film and we'll tweet your name!

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    Everything above + you are listed in the "Special Thanks" section at the end of the film!

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    About $500 USD

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    Everything above + you are one of the first people to see the film via an exclusive online screening!

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    Everything above + a signed poster and signed DVD by members of film!

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    Everything above + you are flown out to view early cut, give notes and have dinner with the filmmakers!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more
    About $5,000 USD

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    Everything above + a speaking engagement where director Shea Alexander Dietz will talk about his experiences with discrimination and activism and screen sections of the film at a location of choice!

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    Everything above + you are listed as an Associate Producer in the opening credits and flown out to premiere of film!

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