About this project
WHO WE ARE
This fundraiser is headed by Daniel Robinson, Alex Rolecek, and Steven Cutts, who together are working towards the completion of this documentary, but they need your support!
WHAT IS BROADWAY BARES?
BARED tells the story of Broadway Bares, one of the lesser known but undoubtedly hottest and most unforgettable tickets on Broadway. A show reminiscent of early 20th century burlesque, Broadway Bares features some of Broadway's and Hollywood's biggest stars as they striptease in hopes of raising money to fight the very thing that put so many of them in the closet less than one generation ago. Directed by filmmaker and former Broadway Bares' participant Daniel Robinson, BARED takes you behind the scenes for an intimate look at Broadway's performers as they bare it all for a cause.
Only a few years prior to Bares' inception in the early 1990's, HIV and AIDS stormed rampantly through New York City's theatre community taking with it generous handfuls of Broadway's greatest and most legendary performers, creatives, producers, and universal icons. Out of fear that human nature's inherent sexuality might altogether be lost not only from the Broadway stage but from the souls of the people living in New York at this time, Broadway Bares creator and founder Jerry Mitchell conceived a production in which his cast mates from the Broadway show The Will Roger's Follies would striptease in hopes of raising money for HIV and AIDS relief. The night of Bares' premiere, Jerry and his strip-mates raised an unexpected $8,000 to be donated directly to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. But more importantly, Broadway Bares started a family.
What started with less than a dozen volunteers and raised $8,000 has since grown into over 1,000 volunteers, 364 hours of rehearsal, 215 performers, 17 professional costume designers, 15 professional choreographers, 5,750 tickets sold, and over $1,000,000 raised by the event in one year. Since it's inception, Broadway Bares has donated an accumulative $7,500,000 for BC/EFA, a non-profit charity organization servicing over 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The fundraising goal set for this kickstarter project is intended to subsidize the remaining effort towards the completion of this film. With over 1,000 hours of footage (that's 41 days) covering Broadway Bares over the past 20 years as well as its 20th anniversary production last summer, and with over 3,000 individual files of video, editing requires unwavering commitment. With the initial help of BC/EFA to get the project started, since the completion of filming in June of 2010, all post-production effort, materials, and software have been donated by the editors themselves. But with your support, this incredible story of courage, god-given talent, and heart can be shared with people beyond the 5,750 ticket holders lucky enough to witness the annual spectacle that is Broadway Bares.
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