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A gay "Before Sunrise" on MDMA in Berlin.
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"Boy Meets Boy" is a feature length mumblecore about the journey of a brief encounter; the mark left by a fleeting moment of joy.

 Harry has been partying for 48 hours when he meets Johannes on the dance floor of a club in Berlin. With 15 hours until his flight home, Johannes offers to help him print his boarding pass. This mundane task leads to a day together wandering the city. The contrasts in their lives and values force each one to confront their own truths.

This movie is about COMING OUT OF THE SECOND CLOSET meaning the search for inclusion and identity within the gay community itself.  As a gay filmmaker I have found that gay cinema is dominated by stories whose main conflicts are about either HIV/AIDS or heteronormative acceptance instead of a closer view inside contemporary queer culture. I believe this film is important to make because it will show the world the fears and fragilities of the millennial queer generation and empower us to be critical of the normative.

"Boy Meets Boy" can be considered a European queer mumblecore. It will be a low budget production set in the streets of Berlin using real locations and natural daylight. 

With a focus on the spur of the moment and off-the-cuff dialog, the director seeks to explore issues that are important to him, representing a generation of young people living in big cities, who are highly educated but underemployed. He will use a documentary footage style to place the characters among real places and people to blend the fictional story with the real world.

  • OUT OF THE SECOND CLOSET
  • PORTRAIT OF A NEW QUEER GENERATION 
  • LOW BUDGET FILM 
  • NATURAL, AUTHENTIC DIALOG 
  • HYBRID (between documentary and fiction)
  • THE STREETS OF BERLIN
  •  Pre-production: Spring 2019
  •  Production: Summer 2019
  •  Post-production: Fall 2019
  •  Launch: 2020

The script of "Boy Meets Boy" has been in progress since 2016. After graduating from The European Film College, Daniel Sánchez López and Hannah Renton moved to Berlin to begin the journey of the movie. They spent months researching the gay culture inside of the multicultural capital.

We are so grateful of all the press the Kickstarter has gotten. Thank you so much to METAL Magazine and En Tomelloso so far for all the exposure. Both articles below are in Spanish.

"As for many from our generation, dreams are big, effort bigger, but money and opportunities scarce. Now, Daniel has opened a Kickstarter campaign to finance his first feature film, a story about a fleeting romance in Berlin - which I imagine most of us have experienced. Queer and underground culture, a generation more connected than ever but at the same time more lonely and individual, and the sensation of being lost that invades us constantly. But also, the carefreeness, the freedom, the flirting, and the feeling of living something authentic." - Roberto Majano

To read the full article click here.

To read the full article click here.

Daniel Sánchez López is a writer and director. He was born in 1990 in a rural town in La Mancha, Spain. He studied media in Madrid and holds a postgraduate degree in History and Aesthetics of Film and Fiction from the European Film College in Denmark. His final film in this school was selected for the 21st edition for LesGaiCineMad and the Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Daniel has been part of the Doc School of Locarno Film Festival in 2017 and studied Low budget production in the International film school of Cuba in 2018. Since 2015 he has called Berlin home, where he founded Cosmic Productions, an audiovisual company that makes music videos, spots and short films. “Saft” is his latest short film which has been selected for the Visionäre Film Festival, KARSHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in India and the Outfest Peru.

The Pretty Things are Going To Hell -  2016  (Denmark)

LesGaiCineMad (2016) // Spain
Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2017) // South Africa

"The Pretty Thing Are Going To Hell" is the last journey between two girls in love at the Aarhus Harbor; after Eva boards the ship, the love story will be done. The film is about the last kiss, the last look, the last goodbye.

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR OUR TWO MAIN ACTORS TO PLAY THE ROLES OF JOHANNES (25) AND HARRY (27). WE WILL BE DOING CASTING FROM MARCH.

JOHANNES: 25, German, middle class, contemporary dancer, living in Berlin. He is fun and self- centered; extroverted and idealistic. Johannes was educated by two parents who were deeply in love and he believes in love. However he thinks his values don't match with the way of living in the gay community. He has a boyfriend, they have an open relationship, but he doesn’t feel right with. Sex for him is loving, a way of being less alone.

HARRY: 27, from the UK and Ghana in Berlin on holiday. He is honest and introverted; inquisitive and cynical. He is a doctor and this dominates his life. He lives alone in a flat he bought as an investment. He is deeply unhappy. His life consists of working round the clock and having a lot of empty sex through Grindr. He believes in love for other people but is not sure if he’s capable of it. Sex for him is pleasure, a way of being free.

If you see yourself in one of our characters, please contact us at info@thecosmicproductions.com 

"Boy Meets Boy" will be made by young aspiring filmmakers, who all believe in this project. We will all be working on minimal salaries, but some expenses can't be cut.  

THE 24% FROM A TOTAL BUDGET OF 60.000€ WILL BE SPENT FOR:

  • PAY A MINIMUM SALARY TO THE TEAM/PHOTO AND SOUND DEPT. EDITOR AND COLOR CORRECTION
  • PAY A MINIMUM SALARY TO THE CAST 
  • RENT CAMERA AND SOUND EQUIPMENT
  • RENT A VAN AND DRIVER
  • COVER FOOD/HOUSING COSTS FOR OUT OF CITY STAFF
  • MUSIC RIGHTS
  • HARD DRIVES

We are throwing a series of parties and film events to promote the crowdfunding project. These parties will take place in historical underground spaces like the legendary gay bar Gris in Madrid (Spain) with DJ sets by Nacho G. Riaza (Piel Mixta), Álvaro Toribio and Chema Diaz or a collaborative event with the Queer Cinema Collective in Manchester (UK) inside Mirabel Studios, to be finished with one crowdfunding closing party in Berlin (Germany) with artists to be announced. 

 Please come by and meet us if you are in any of these cities at that time:
MADRID (SP):  17.01.2019
MANCHESTER (UK): 25.01.2019
BERLIN (DE): March TBA

CHEMADIAZ.COM is the brand of CHEMA DIAZ, the London based creative who relocated from Spain to London in 2012. The brand is the outlet of his sociological interest in pop culture, fashion, and erotica. This is then reflected through his designs and the visuals accompanying them. 

I have no money, how can I help?

A)  As an individual: sharing this campaign with your social networks and/or getting in touch directly for volunteer opportunities. 

B) As company: are you a production house, a catering company, equipment rental company, casting agency, dance club promotor, techno label, van rental company, a company or organisation related with LGBTQ, please send us an email to: info@thecosmicproductions.com 

CREDITS

  •  Crowdfunding video and art: Thea Aae
  •  Content: Daniel Sánchez López
  •  Sound Recording: Alex Acevedo 
  •  Models: Christopher Wiberg, Marshall Vincent Garrel
  •  Voice: Giamo Röwekamp, Jeiden Jeremy James 
  •  Crowdfunding Assistant: Christina Montellano
  •  Merchandising designer: Chema Díaz
  •  Merchandising production and purchasing manager: Lucia Sapelli
  •  Crowdfunding party Madrid: Roberto Díaz Majano & Nacho Gómez Riaza
  •  Crowdfunding party Manchester: Nuria Lopez de la Oliva, Daniel Paños
  •  Crowdfunding party Berlin: Lucía Sapelli, Josh Ellsworth

Our love to everyone,

Risks and challenges

· The first challenge to be considered was the writing of a SCRIPT with a simple story but with a stimulating plot fitting a low budget production. The writing of the project started in the workshop “Film Feature Film” by Micah Magee in European Film College (EFC) where the screenwriters (Hannah Renton and Daniel Sánchez) studied in 2015.
· The second challenge to assume is the making of a LOW BUDGET film. The film budget was developed in one the best film school in the world, Escuela de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV) in the workshop “Low Production Cinema” by Hector Tokman. At the same time, films with the same set up: “two lovers spending one day together” were done with the similar low budgets as in “In Search of a Midnight Kiss” (2007) - Alex Holdridge produced with a budget of 25.000€.
· An important risk to take in consideration is the CASTING. In order to find the convenient actors, The Cosmic Productions will open a Casting Call from March - in person or on Skype- which will welcome everyone from Berlin and around the world. We also believe that there are a lot of talented actors to discover who could perform the role of either Johannes or Harry. The director would adjust the script and the character as much as possible in collaboration with the actor in order to get the purest and more realistic result.
· Another risk to be considered is being on time and committed with the REWARDS and their shipment to the dear backers; for that reason, we have a specific team who will manage merch design, production, and logistics. The film will also be shared with the backers no later than one year from its first theatrical release which will happen by Summer 2020.
· Finally, the commercial EXHIBITION of the film is crucial. Our challenge is to be exhibited in International Queer Festivals, as the previous short films by the directors have been, and also independent platforms online (VOD). We believe in the potential of our own main audience: Queer, young and living in big cities we strongly believe on the success of the film.

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