About this project
ABOUT THE FILM
In 1973, Patrick Haggerty, the son of a dairy farmer in rural Washington State, released the first and only gay-themed country music album. Lavender Country became a lifeline of information to rural gays but with only 1000 copies made, the album soon disappeared and became a gay urban myth.
Forty years later and much to Haggerty’s surprise, Lavender Country was rediscovered, re-released, and is now being lauded by critics as “resonant and wonderful...a rare act of bravery and honesty.”
THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS revisits Haggerty -- now in his 70s and singing "old songs to old folks" at senior living facilities -- as he deals with the resurgence of a musical dream long since given up for dead. The documentary explores his unlikely personal journey, how he and a group of Seattle radicals co-opted an American artform ready-made for storytelling to tell their own story, and Patrick's relationship to a music industry where “you can come out as gay but you still can’t get up and sing about it.”
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Making a movie - even a short - is an expensive endeavor.
The films principal photography, crew, and travel has already been paid from our pockets, and happily so. But we're not done yet, and it's time to ask for a little help. Your donations will directly pay for the finishing of the film and the outreach needed to get the story out there, including:
- Archival Footage and Research
- Post Production, including Color Correct, sound and music mixing.
WHY SUPPORT THIS FILM?
In 1973, Patrick and his compatriots in the Seattle gay community couldn't turn to a record label or a wealthy benefactor - they had to raise the money themselves, little by little. And while it wasn't easy, the friends, family, and supporters who chipped in became an integral part of the album's DNA, part of it's message. It was Kickstarter before there was Kickstarter!
Our campaign to raise finishing funds from friends and supporters will help us build a community of supporters in the same spirit that patrick did for the original album 40 years ago.
With a song called “Cryin’ These C*cksucking Tears,” the album could have been a one-note joke, a simple F-you to Nashville. Instead, Patrick and his band made an album that is nothing less than a chronicle of gay life at a time - not just the political atmosphere, but the personal and emotional challenges of being gay 40 years ago. It's a creative work that deserves to be remembered, and we hope this film will help make that happen.
It’s also a very timely story - Nashville has experienced a wave of gay and lesbian artists and song writers coming out of the closet to find more acceptance than ever before. But on the whole, that’s where the acceptance ends. It’s amazing how an album that is over 40 years old is STILL the absolute cutting edge in the music industry - country or otherwise - reminding all that there is still work to be done.
Here are some more details about the rewards offered for your support!
DAN TABERSKI - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER
Dan Taberski is a director, producer, writer, and creator of television, film, and digital content. Under Idiot Box Productions, he created hit kids show Destroy Build Destroy for Cartoon Network, co-created the ridiculous comedy game show Craft Corner Deathmatch, and co-created the feminist digital comedy series Our Bodies, Myself. In addition, Taberski has executive produced comedy/game programming for Bravo, CNBC, Comedy Central, Fuse, Sundance, MTV, SyFy, and History. Prior to launching Idiot Box, Taberski spent five years producing and directing field segments for The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart, and before that worked on economic policy in the Clinton White House under Gene Sperling.
CHRISTY LAMB - PRODUCER
Christy Lamb is an accomplished film/video Producer and Art Director. Her credits include indie film/tv/commercial production for Scripps Network, Rain Media, National Headquarters. Lamb recently completed principal photography on short film, HOV, as Producer. Lamb has also recently completed work as 2nd AD, Script Supervisor and AP on WHEN THE NIGHT FALLS, a short horror/dark comedy. She worked as Art Director on the short, Bad at Dancing which premiered at Berlinale in February and will be premiering in New York this fall. Previously, Lamb served as Executive Director of Dance Films Association, co-producing the Dance on Camera Film Festival with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and developing, CUNNINGHAM 3D (dir. Alla Kovgan), THEN SHE FELL (working title, dir. Lucas Smith) and ANOTHER TELEPATHIC THING (dir. Jonathan Demme). Lamb currently works in freelance film/tv production and also writes and produces content as Co-Founder of her production company, Venn Industries.
DAVID MEHLMAN - EDITOR
David Mehlman is an award-winning filmmaker and editor whose documentaries have screened internationally and on television. He was supervising editor of the 2007 Oscar-winning short subject documentary, Freeheld, that also won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. He edited and sound designed the 2005 Academy Award-winning animated short documentary, The Moon and the Sun. He co-directed and edited the upcoming feature documentary, Left On Purpose. Other recent film and television credits include Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Oscar and Emmy nominee), Iconoclasts, My So-Called Enemy, IFC Media Project, Small Town Security, Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood; and MTV True Life: I’m a Gun Owner and I’m a College Baller, which he directed, produced and edited. David received a master’s degree in Documentary Film and Video Production from Stanford University. He founded Shadowbox Films 1998.
DAMON HOYDYSH - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Damon Hoydysh is a producer, director, dp, and editor. He founded Highline Studios in 2004 and since then has created and produced over 200 successful productions for clients around the world. A self-taught filmmaker with a degree in Political Science from University of Colorado Boulder, Damon got his start in production making extreme whitewater kayaking and skiing films. Damon began his career in New York City working for Ralph Lauren, Miramax Films and then Freud Communications. Since founding Highline Studios, he has worked with a diverse range of clients from Fortune 500 companies, leading consumer brands, blue chip art galleries to elite media organizations. Recent campaigns include Speedo, Nissan and General Mills. An avid traveler, Damon loves the challenge of taking Highline Studios on the road for production whether it be to rural China, the sand dunes of Algeria or the canals of Venice, Italy. He is a surfer, explorer, canyon junkie and enjoyer of all things California with his wife and his vizsla Mae.
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