Recently, I found myself reflecting on a flippant conversation I had about the “type of gay” a close friend of mine was. It was an innocent conversation on the diversity of our mutual gay friends. I began to wonder about all the different gay identities there are and how hard it is to define that experience.
I want to create a documentary that is accessible to all people that will shed light on the many perceptions of what it means to be gay.
Our documentary speaks to those who have found being in love easy, difficult and for some, even impossible. It is for the ones that have yet to hold a hand or experienced their first kiss.
BETWEEN THE SHADES is a feature film documentary that seeks to explore the shades of being gay by exploring what connects us all: our desire to love.
Fifty people will be preselected to participate and share their stories for our film. We will conduct 16 -18 interviews per day for three days with the subjects being either single or as couples. There may be a few surprise visits and clips from some people you may already know. The participants will be given prompts such as best first date, worst kiss, craziest relationship, what people would and would not do for love, etc.
The answers to these prompts will be cut together with the intent of showing the commonality of love.
MEET THE TEAM
A highly decorated creative director who has collected over 200 industry awards including an Emmy. Jill Salvino has a feature length screenplay in development and has directed several shorts. Taking it for Granted was shown in over a dozen film festivals across the US. Her other shorts are: The Sonnet Project, currently touring in England, and Lies People Tell, premiered in The Perdro Film Festival. Between the Shades is her first documentary. She is a member of Promax, a long-standing chair of the Telly Silver Counsel, and a member of the New York Women in Film and Television. Cinéwomen has created a feature on director Jill Salvino for the current issue of their net review.
A seasoned cinematographer and artist with over 10 years of professional experience in film, video, and still photography. Chris has vast experience in the industry and has worked on reality television, commercial productions, and internal corporate videos. His visual style can be described as organic and balanced, with a keen sense of storytelling that brings out the highest level of authenticity in his work.
Chris is a commercial editor with experience in directing as well as production design. He worked on features such as Bad Biology (2008) and Digital Physics (2015) and also worked on eight commercial spots for Microsoft. Chamomile, a short film written and directed by Chris, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, signaling the launch of his own production company, Significant Pictures.
Paul Morin is a New York-based composer, contemporary artist, and pianist. As a composer, he has worked on Theater, Live Radio Productions, Film, and Art Videos. The NY Press wrote in an article, “Paul Morin takes visitors on a trip through time with music and sound.” Paul recently collaborated with Jill Salvino on Lies People Tell, a short film that premiered at the San Pedro film festival. As a pianist, he has performed in concerts in The United States and South America and has won numerous awards and prizes. As an artist his works have been highly reviewed and his art is currently on display at Spectrum Gallery in NYC.
A still photographer that moved to New York City from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2011. Ighor has built a diverse portfolio as he photographs both public and private events with his most recent work being the launch of Lips Magazine and the American India Foundation’s gala. He has also shot New York City’s exciting nightlife, including Westway’s Westgay. He also photographs the Meatpacking District’s Standard Hotel’s weekly “Not Your Standard Bingo” event. In addition to all of this, he has dived into the NYC’s independent film scene working as a still photographer on the set of Gus Reed’s dance film New York Waltz.
Michael is a New York-based actor with several theater and film credits. He made his film debut in the critically acclaimed short film, "Zombie in a Penguin Suit." He has completed two films with director Jill Salvino: the award winning "Taking it for Granted" and "Lies People Tell." Both films are currently screening in national and international film festivals. His work has been featured at Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, Clermont-Ferrand, Manhattan Film Festival, and Prague Int'l Film Festival. Theater credits include the American Theater of Actors, Players Theater, Theater for a New City, Workshop Theater Company, and the State of Maine Theater.
A highly energetic creative contributor with credits in screenwriting, producing, and crew on several independent films. In addition to his work on Between the Shades, he has a film production company and produces films under his “Neurotic Monsters Productions” label.
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WHAT WILL YOUR FUNDS GO TOWARDS?
Getting our film shot and in the can. It will cover all the cost of
pre-production: pre-interviews, studio costs, and creative preparation.
It will also cover the actual production costs of shooting the film. The budget we've set is the bare minimum to make this film. Please help us surpass our goal so we can make a great film and edit it. The more over goal we get, the more voices heard. Then we can focus on reaching the largest audience possible and hopefully have an educational tool that lives beyond the end of the credits.
WHY SHOULD YOU BE A PART OF OUR MOVIE?
Movies are conversation starters. We believe the message of our movie is simple, but the impact will be profound. So help celebrate people. Contribute to the conversation. Join us.
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