Why are gay rights and gay marriage still controversial topics? They shouldn't be. And "Through Gay Eyes" aims to change that.
We've made it! We reached our goal of $5,030. But, that doesn't mean you cannot donate. If you would like to show your support, you can still donate. We will be accepting donations until tonight at 6pm EST. Any money we raise past our goal will be set aside towards post-production (the editing stage). Thank you for your generosity!
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” may have been abolished, but it persists for the “gay parent,” the “gay teacher,” the “gay doctor” and even the “gay farmer.” The silenced, repressed and diminished will soon be seen and heard. “Through Gay Eyes” will make the invisible visible.
Why We Need You
To make “Through Gay Eyes” happen, we need your help. Our goal is to present “Through Gay Eyes” to the largest audience possible. In order to do this, we need to run this project in a two-step fashion.
Kickstarter 1 - “Production” aspect:
- Buying and renting cameras, lights, audio equipment, etc.
- Interviewing participants from across the United States.
- Advertising on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
Kickstarter 2 - “Post Production” process:
- Editing interviews and other footage together to create a story.
- Hiring a color grader to adjust the color scheme to the tone of the documentary.
- Getting a music composer to create unique music.
- Having the "final cut" audio mixed to sound spectacular.
What You Get In Return
Donating to “Through Gay Eyes” has its perks - literally! In return for donating, you’ll get updates by the director and producer on the progress of the documentary, a DVD copy once it’s finished, a 13.5” by 20” movie poster, free pre-screening passes, a Skype call with the director, and more.
Help Spread The Word!
While donating helps, spreading the word also is a big help. If you are unable to donate money, let friends, family, and colleagues know about “Through Gay Eyes" using social media like Facebook and Twitter.
An award-winning filmmaker, Connor is currently attending college with aspirations of becoming a Hollywood director and/or editor. Since the age of 10, Connor has been interested in making movies. As a high school Junior, Connor produced the documentary film "Hard Truth, Levity and Hope" which has won countless awards, including UNSPOKEN film festival Award, National Park Service Cultural Preservation Award, as well as the film’s inclusion in many college and university curriculums. Connor devotes countless hours in perfecting his craft as a filmmaker.
Deb Fowler has been teaching English Language Learners at Lowell High School since 2005. In 2010, Deb was introduced to Connor Crosby (a Junior student) and to the power of filmmaking. Deb collaborated with Connor on the film "Hard Truth, Levity and Hope" and understands how creativity and public service work together in documentary filmmaking.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Every film and documentary has potential obstacles, including "Through Gay Eyes." However, we will do our best to make sure we don't have speed bumps along the way.
The main challenge about this documentary is the fact that it relies on a lot of interviews. Because we do not have the funding to pay the crew or interviewees, we need to fit in everyone's schedules. Our goal is to record most, if not all, the interviews in the coming months. If people's schedules do not work out, we will be forced to push the deadline back. But, we are confident that we will make the deadline on time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you for your support.
Yes! If you pledge an amount and want to donate more, you can. Kickstarter allows you to change your pledge and perk. To do so, visit the "Through Gay Eyes" Kickstarter campaign and sign in. The green "Back This Project" button will change to a blue "Manage Your Donation" button. Pressing that will allow you to adjust your donation and choose a different perk.
If you just want to donate money to help us reach our goal and don't want anything in return, press the "back this project" button, enter the amount of money you wish to give, and select "no reward."
Unfortunately, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing website. So, if we don't reach our goal, we don't get any of the donations and all of it is refunded to the donators.
Yes and no. At the moment, Kickstarter does not allow people to donate anonymously. But, you're allowed to choose any name you want.
If we raise more than our goal of $5,030, the extra donations will still be put to good use. The extra money will be set aside for post-production (the editing stage).
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