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A documentary saving the hidden home movies of LGBT people dating back to the 1930s   before they are destroyed- sometimes on purpose.
A documentary saving the hidden home movies of LGBT people dating back to the 1930s before they are destroyed- sometimes on purpose.
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Shocking but true. These never before seen treasures are being thrown away by friends and family that aren't aware of the hidden history they hold or don't want their loved one remembered as gay.

UPDATE:    The kickstarter portion of our campaign ends in just a few minutes but our fundraising continues!  Make a tax-deductible donation at our non-profit, fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas  

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Thank you for a great Kickstarter!! -Stu Maddux, Director, Reel In The Closet

NOW BACK TO OUR REGULAR PITCH...

Help us show the world the important past that is hidden in closets everywhere.  
We are creating a movement around a movie to save this vanishing look at a people who were invisible for decades, who documented their daily struggles and saved their stories for the day we would find them.

Reel In The Closet reveals for the first time the range of LGBT home movies dating back to the 1930s. 

It weaves stories told by those who shot the movies with the passion of experts now saving those reels (including the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences).

Best LGBT teaching tool ever

What did it feel like to be queer in the 1930s? In The Castro during the 1970‘s? If you want to feel it, not just read it or look at pictures, then watch the home movies made by LGBTQ people. 

We focus on home movies because moving images impact young people the most.

The bonus:

Including LGBT contributions is a growing requirement for teachers. Reel In The Closet is the tool that gives teachers more than something to satisfy that. It get's their students interested in discovering their past regardless of how they identify. It stirs young people to dig into their own closets at home and document the stories of the older people they know.

To narrate this film, we have chosen a young person discovering the home movies of an older person: 

Research Based:

The benefits of different generations of LGBT people connecting and being creative together are far more reaching for an entire community than first thought. It goes way beyond those two people. We include website tools for aging organizations and schools to connect older people and younger people.

Still not sure? What?

OK, here's the first 10 minutes of the latest rough cut:

Director Stu Maddux working on this Kickstarter while aging professionals watch another film he created, Gen Silent
Director Stu Maddux working on this Kickstarter while aging professionals watch another film he created, Gen Silent

Risks and challenges

Our films have a reputation for giving our supporters maximum impact for their giving dollar. The biggest challenge for Reel In The Closet will be to create as much social change as the documentaries that came before it and live up to that standard.

The film just before this one, "Gen Silent", (that is playing in the photo above) helped spark a movement in LGBT aging (http://gensilent.com) and has become the leading tool in the world for showing people the unique challenges that LGBT older people face.

We hope to now spark a movement with this film to better preserve their stories.

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