“Discretion and Faith” aims to explore the differing cultural views of adultery throughout the many countries around the globe. Read more
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About this project
"Discretion and Faith" is featured on Film Courage. Check out the article at filmcourage.com/content/how-to-get-adulterers-to-spill-the-beans-on-camera
Shooting for the better part of a year, Discretion and Faith is a feature-length documentary that seeks to understand the who, what, and why of adultery and will offer an in-depth examination of the global perspectives and views about sexuality and commitment. Interviews includes adulterers, cuckolded spouses, sexologists and couples from an array of countries and backgrounds ranging from Russia to Japan, England to Nigeria, France to Brazil, India to the Middle East, as well as numerous others. The documentary will also include statistical data that will help to more accurately reflect the true situation of infidelity around the world.
Discretion and Faith is a documentary that will uncover a lot of misconceptions and realities of infidelity from many different cultures around the world.
What is Unique About Discretion and Faith?
The documentary talks about relationships around the world through the viewpoint of people's personal stories. It is unflinching and nonjudgmental.
The film delves into the personal side of this controversial subject, as adulterers as well as those that have experienced a straying partner, get the opportunity to share their inner thoughts and feelings on what they have lived through and just what it was about the cultures that they grew up in that made them react in a certain way.
It’s also not skewed towards a male or female ideology. The film documents both sides of the spectrum.
Discretion and Faith is more than a global exploration of relationships. This documentary is about representing the many cultures and their belief systems. This film also aims to connect with people who have not found closure about their own relationships.
During our Kickstarter campaign, we will be reaching out through counseling centers to people who need to move beyond their own situation. Your involvement and participation will help us to help individuals to heal. We would love to "Pay It Forward" towards healing, we are still searching for a Counseling Center for outreach and to educate communities on better relationships. If you suggest a center and it follows through, we will donate 50% of the Kickstarter reward to the center and list you as Associate Producer.
Why Should You Support This Movie?
We'd never ask you to support something we wouldn't fully support ourselves...and that's why we funded this film with our own savings and spent a year of our lives shooting so we could bring a topic to the movie screen that we feel has immediate importance in the world today. We will also continue to put every penny into this film we possibly can. Why you may be asking?
Because We Believe In This Project
We always hoped to make a documentary that was informative as well as revealing, but we knew we would be climbing an uphill battle with the sheer number of people we would need to find to shoot this documentary. From the obstacles of interviewing subjects about infidelity to interviewing actual adulterers; but, we knew, at the end of the day, if we could accomplish this feat than we would have something very worthwhile.
Facing all of these odds, we funded the documentary ourselves. We believed that exploring this subject would hopefully bring some understanding and healing to people on many different levels and that alone is worthy enough of our savings. And we also believed, if everything worked out, we felt that when the time came, people would hear about our film and embrace it.
Now, we are asking you to embrace and support this film we believe in so much:)
About Discretion and Faith’s Director
Discretion and Faith is a personal project for director, Michael LaPointe. Through making of this documentary, he sought to understand his own past.
“I started, as many a naïve and foolish person does, believing
that the first love that I would find would last forever. A few years
into my relationship with my first love she began to come home later,
and have excuses as to why she wasn't in a certain place. Then came the
lies... and the uncovering of the lies. Finally, the shame and
depression of learning that she had an affair and I was left shocked and
shattered as to what love truly is or was. Is this normal? Does it
happen to everyone? How could I be such a smart person, yet be so
completely blind and dumb?"
"One day I was discussing relationships between men and women with a Japanese friend and she mentioned how our cultures were so different and 'didn't I think my views were shaped to a large extent by my culture?' The concept never occurred to me until then, but it seemed reasonable. Maybe my view of love and how that love did not last forever, is a concept I held onto because of my culture."
(Quotes from the director's previous work)
As directed by Michael LaPointe, the film is as unpredictable narratively as the work of Darren Aronofsky (in particular, “Pi” and “Black Swan”)... The emotional extremes of Lars von Trier’s films, such as “Breaking the Waves” and “Antichrist,” also came to mind... In a way, however, LaPointe has made a film that goes beyond what either of those directors have done by taking his ideas to the very limits... 'Sonic Cinema'
Among the first minute of The Symphony, I knew this film would be the exception to those I have been seeing lately. It’s original, insightful, and filled with passion... 'The Critic's Word'The Symphony is a remarkable achievement that should easily find a home on the indie, underground and horror fest circuit where it's challenging imagery, original story and willingness to risk it all will be wildly popular... 'The Independent Critic'
Here are the basic tenets of our Kickstarter Campaign:
-We set a funding goal
-We set a specific deadline (December 2, 2012)
-You pledge whatever you feel to help us. Bigger pledges get nicer rewards (see the column on the right)
-If we are fortunate enough to reach our goal by the deadline, your credit card or amazon account is charged, we have reached our funding goal, and you get the reward you chose as well as our sincere gratitude for making the film more visible to interested parties.
-If we do not reach our goal by the deadline, your credit card is NOT charged
-It's okay to exceed our goal (in just means we will have more opportunities to shoot more interviews)
So, what are Rewards?
You get something for every donation...even if you pledge a dollar. Or, you can donate more, and receive some very unique and meaningful rewards; view them in the column on the right.
Pick anything you like (such as the 35$ pledge which includes a Special Edition DVD of the film, including audio commentary, set pictures, and other goodies) because your pledges will help us continue to shoot our interviews and begin to move the film into the editing process.
A. To finish off shooting our interviewees! We have interviewed around 40 people from different countries around the world and would like to add some more:)
B. Equipment, crew, and traveling expensesC. Counseling Outreach
Pinterest (coming soon!)
There’s no such thing as a stupid question so go ahead and ask.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSCan you pledge outside the U.S.? Absolutely. Orders are processed through Amazon.
Can I change levels after I pledge? SURE YOU CAN, you can always increase your pledge.
Can I give this as a gift? Definitely! Once the campaign is over, we’ll confirm shipping addresses and other details. At that time, you can give us the information about the lucky friend.
What happens if we don't reach our goal? We cry! You aren't charged and we don't receive any of the funds. But don’t worry, that’s not going to happen.
What happens if we go over the goal? Our crew gets to eat and we make an even better movie.
How is my pledge processed and charged? Your pledge will be processed by Amazon once the campaign is successful. Totally safe and secure.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is tough and challenging, especially in the documentary realm. Although we work hard around the clock--Seven Days A Week-- we have much to contend with, such as: resources, gaining the right sources, budgets and funding. Documentary filmmaking is usually an uphill battle because of the amount of resources and the manpower to make it all happen... a very different story to all the Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood.
We are not the Hollywood Story, but we do have Heart and Hard Work... and it might take sometime to put it all together, so we will do our part by keeping you updated about our progress. We want to make this happen but please understand the amount of effort and funding it takes to put a documentary is tremendous. We feel great about the progress of the documentary as we have over 50 hours of interviews and know that the film will be finished no matter what happens; we just want to make sure we have enough interviews to make it completely comprehensive! We thank you in advance and appreciate anything that comes our way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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ADMIRATEUR SECRET: Tu sais garder un secret? Well can you keep a secret? HANDWRITTEN LOVE LETTERS from your own French secret admirer (circa 1950's Paris) will be mailed with a kiss PLUS everything from the $35 CATEGORY + SOUNDTRACK. Si passionnante!Estimated delivery:
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BACK TO SCHOOL: School is now back in session! Get back to relationship basics with an EARLY AND PRICE DISCOUNTED ACADEMIC FILM PACKAGE (which includes the academic version of the documentary at a lower cost than when it is released, the educational kit for university level classroom work, plus extra interviews, footage and behind the scenes of the experts and the latest research) + a SURPRISE ETSY ARTIST REWARD (You will have a choice)!Estimated delivery:
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PRODUCER'S ASSISTANT (Film Credit) : Come On Set to MEET THE DIRECTOR AND CREW + FILM CREDIT: Producer's Assistant Credit PLUS everything from the $35 CATEGORY (DVD signed by Director). Transportation not included; this specific portion of the documentary will be shot in Los Angeles.Estimated delivery:
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