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Colin is a stud. Stew, not so much. They've been virtually inseparable for 20+ years. But now Colin has fallen for a much younger man.
Colin is a stud. Stew, not so much. They've been virtually inseparable for 20+ years. But now Colin has fallen for a much younger man.
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So Tell Me About DADDY

Colin McCormack (Gerald McCullouch) thinks he has it all — a great job, a steady stream of hot younger guys, and a best friend, Stew (Dan Via), whose devotion he takes for granted. But when a charming and mercurial intern sweeps him off his feet, Colin sees a chance for something more: A family of his own. What he discovers instead is a shattering truth that may cost Colin everything -- and everyone -- he holds dear.

By turns funny and heartbreaking, DADDY explores the universal need for love and connection, and the evolving understanding of "family" in today's rapidly changing world. Following a buzz-heavy world premiere in New York and an extended run in LA, the critical smash play by actor/writer Dan Via is now coming to the big screen in a film directed by Gerald McCullouch.

Why This Story Now?

With great change comes uncertainty. Colin is a successful gay man in his 40s who is suddenly confronted with options he never thought he’d have: marriage, parenthood, family. Because he grew up believing these things were out of reach, he made choices accordingly. So is he even prepared to embrace these new options? Is it too late?

The changing dynamics also shine a spotlight on Colin’s relationship with his best friend, Stew. They’ve essentially been each other’s family for 20+ years. Where does that type of bond fit into the new world order? Although DADDY isn’t “about” these issues – it’s first and foremost a compelling story – these themes are definitely woven into the fabric of the characters’ lives, enhancing the timeliness and impact of the film. 

Why Kickstarter?

DADDY is being brought to life by the people best suited to do it the right way: Actor/Director Gerald McCullouch (“CSI”, BearCity and BearCity2), who originated the role of Colin in the New York premiere of the play and reprised the role in Los Angeles, and Dan Via, who wrote both the play and the screenplay, and played Stew opposite Gerald in both productions. And providing guidance, deep knowledge and invaluable experience is Stephen Israel (Swimming with Sharks, Boy Culture, G.B.F.)

We’ve been fortunate enough to secure roughly 2/3 of the budget required to make the film without any financier demands that would interfere with our vision. No “You have to cast my nephew Chuckie.” No “What if Colin were straight and Stew was a beagle?” In order to keep this level of creative freedom, we’re hoping to raise the rest of our budget with the help of generous people like you. So...

We hope you'll agree with us that DADDY is a worthy project, and that you'll consider helping to make it happen. 

Thanks so much for checking us out!

Risks and challenges

We need your support to raise the financing required to bring DADDY through production. The more we raise together, the more value we can afford to put on screen. The money raised through this campaign will help us acquire the highest quality product, materials, locations and a multitude of other production costs including paying for necessary bonds and insurance fees. Making a great film is challenging and we may face unforeseen obstacles and with you support and a successful campaign we will be certain to achieve our goal: to make a strong and commanding film worthy of it's critical acclaim.

We are a modest operation with our creative team donating their time and resources. No funds raised will go to our creative team. All funds will be applied to production costs to prep, shoot, and complete our film. With the critical praise this story received on both coasts, we are certain our energy will pay off in the end with a powerful film that will resonate with a very long life.

Film-making, however, is a long and arduous process. There are inherent risks of delay in the process (this is the film business, after all!). We will communicate with our backers throughout the campaign and the journey as our feature film gets made and out into the world. The film won't be finished until next summer, and will most likely be released in 2015. But we guarantee that it will be completed, and that the entire creative team will endlessly dedicate our efforts until the film reaches its highest potential. With your support, we are certain this film can reach a worldwide audience. Let's do this together!

Thank you so much for your time. And most of all, your support. And, hopefully, welcome to the family.

P.S. Please pass this link on to all. A great help is to get this Kickstarter Campaign out to the world, the more our page is viewed the more likely we are to surpass our goal and guarantee the best product possible.

P.P.S. Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING fund-raising. If we don’t hit our target, even if we’re only 10 bucks short, we don’t receive a penny. Your credit card will be charged at the end of the campaign only if the campaign hits the goal.

P.P.S.S. As long as you do it before the campaign deadline, you can make additional donations to your heart’s content. You just need to click on the “Manage This Donation” button once you've contributed and logged-in again. And to that we say, "Who's your Daddy?"

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· Please read the rewards carefully to determine those which are location or date specific. Travel, lodging and transportation are not included.

· Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend all events.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Join the DADDY family and we'll be sure to give you an individual shout-out from our Twitter handle: @DaddyTheMovie. Why? Because you rule! Send us a message with your Twitter handle so we can find you. And follow @DaddyTheMovie to receive daily photos from the set!

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    Get a preview of the DADDY goodness to come! We'll send you a PDF featuring one of our favorite scenes from the shooting script. (That's in addition to the individual Twitter shout-out that comes with any DADDY donation over $5!)

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    Get a personalized thank you from Dan and Gerald on a page from the DADDY shooting script! And you can keep DADDY close with your very own 3.5"x5.5" magnet, featuring the DADDY poster art.

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    Receive an exclusive Zip file of music written for DADDY by rockin' singer/songwriter Corey TuT, plus two previously unreleased TuT tracks! Check him out at www.coreytut.com!
    "This dude is for real" -- Billboard Magazine
    "A bona fide rock star" -- DNA Magazine

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    Show your DADDY love with your very own DADDY t-shirt featuring custom DADDY art! (We'll be in touch to get your size info.)

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    Get DADDY hot off the presses! We'll send you a copy of the DADDY DVD, along with a page from the shooting script signed by the principal cast!

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    Get yourself gussied up for a Skype call with DADDY star and director Gerald McCullouch. (And you can make the call in your own DADDY t-shirt, 'cuz that's included at this level.)

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    See ya, R-Patz! Make room, One Direction! Here comes a full-size DADDY poster signed by the principal cast! And anyone who donates at this level or higher is invited to the DADDY cast and crew screening in LA. (We'll keep you posted on the details; you'd be responsible for your own travel/lodging arrangements.) This level and above also also gets you a snazzy DADDY t-shirt and a personalized, signed magnet!

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Be DADDY's date at the screening of your choice. You'll get two complimentary tickets (DADDY sez "the more the merrier") and quality post-screening hang time with one or more members of the creative team. (We'll keep you posted on screening options. You would be responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements.) This package also includes DADDY poster, t-shirt and magnet.

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

    See your name up on the big screen! At this level you'll be included in the ending credits of the film in large and very sincerely grateful type! You'll also receive 2 tickets to the DADDY premiere and after-party. This package also includes DADDY poster, t-shirt and magnet. (Travel and lodging not included.)

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    Join us for a day on set and a walk-on role! (It'll probably be non-speaking, but ya never know. Either way, you'll get listed on IMDB.com as part of the DADDY cast!) Then sit down for a meal with the creative team. We're aiming to complete principal photography here in sunny Los Angeles in February, with some exteriors to be shot in Pittsburgh. You'd be responsible for travel and lodging, but we'll be sure to make you feel like DADDY's favorite aunt/uncle/brother/sister/niece/nephew/tennis pro on the set! This package also includes 2 tickets to the DADDY premiere and after-party (travel/lodging not provided) and a DADDY poster, t-shirt and magnet.

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    Be the Hollywood honcho you always dreamed of being! At this level, you'll be featured in the main credits for DADDY as co-executive producer. (You'll get your very own IMDB.com entry, too!) In addition, you're invited to join us for a day on set and receive a copy of the shooting script signed by the principal cast. You'll also receive four tickets to the DADDY premiere and after-party. (You'll need to make your own travel/lodging arrangements for both the set visit and premiere.) This package includes DADDY poster, t-shirt and magnet.

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