About this project
NEWS FLASH!!! We reached our goal Tuesday morning, April 9th and people have kept on giving! Thank you! Making a film is expensive and in early morning discussions, our team decided to use any money over the $55,000 goal for our professional sound mix, color correction, and educational outreach. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
THE FILM AND WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Everybody enjoys a good love story. Our film promises many. Fifteen LGBTQ youth and their straight allies write an original script about romantic love, love of family, love of God, and perhaps the toughest, self love.
We are following a remarkable group of young people who are passionate about being queer, creative, and committed to justice. We have unlimited access to the award-winning True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, established in 1994 and committed to sharing stories written and performed by LGBTQ youth.
The troupe and its members tell inspiring stories, but until now, few outside the Boston area have had a chance to hear them. We want audiences everywhere to witness the spirited process of this theater troupe as it changes hearts and minds. Our film promises to share the authentic voices and struggles of the youth themselves, who model the importance of being out as they support each other falling in love, surviving breakups, and finding their true selves.
Most stories we hear in popular media portray life for LGBT youth as a guaranteed series of pitfalls that includes bullying, substance abuse, homelessness, and suicide. Even though the statistics about LGBT youth suicide rates (4 times more likely than straight youth) and dismal school safety records (3 time more likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon in school) are true, 100% of high school seniors who participated in True Colors have successfully graduated high school in the last two years.
Difficult challenges are a reality in the lives of many LGBTQ youth, but we’ve seen so much more than that. Popular TV shows don’t depict the tough, inspirational, everyday lives of these True Colors troupe members.
Our film honors the courage of being out and being an artist as troupe members face challenges with humor, grit, and a strong sense of identity and community.
YOU CAN JOIN OUR FILMMAKING TEAM!
Everyone who supports our Kickstarter campaign will receive a personal thank you email from the filmmakers and everyone who gives $35 or more will receive a DVD of the completed film. Everyone who gives $1,000 or more will receive four VIP tickets to the national premiere. You can read about all the other rewards on this page!
WHY WE NEED YOUR PLEDGE NOW
Our film will follow one school year of TRUE COLORS. We have already filmed 80 hours since September, but there is so much more to capture! In addition to attending weekly rehearsals, we are now visiting troupe members’ schools, homes, workplaces, and hang-outs.
The money we raise on Kickstarter will fund the continued work of our amazing team – including our cinematographer, sound professionals, production assistant, and transcribers. If we raise more than $55,000 we will use the money for time with our remarkable film editor. Our production schedule is time-sensitive, and we have an intensive next few months as the troupe polishes its production and takes it on the road. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to film the stories as they unfold this spring. That’s why we need your help now!
WHO’S ON THE FILM TEAM?
Cinematographer Austin de Besche began his forty-year career filming John Sayles' “Return of the Secaucus Seven,” “Lianna,” and worked on many of our favorite episodes from the PBS series “Postcards from Buster.”
Film Editor Peter Rhodes trained at the BBC and has over 50 credits to his name. He recently co-wrote and edited “The Last Mountain,” an official selection at Sundance in 2011.
Director and Producer Ellen Brodsky co-produced “At Home in Utopia,” which was broadcast on the PBS series “Independent Lens” in 2009. She has also directed and co-directed several award-winning shorts which played at the Aspen ShortsFest and festivals in over 20 countries. Her most recent film, “What do You Know? Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians” was produced for the Welcoming Schools project of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2011.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Ellen worked for ten years in education and public health in the Peace Corps, at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood, and the Massachusetts Department of Education where she met Pam Chamberlain, her Associate Producer. Ellen ran a CDC-funded National Training Center on HIV prevention while also working with the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students.
Associate Producer Pam Chamberlain served as an educator, administrator, government agency manager, and social science researcher championing progress for LGBTQ youth since the 1970s. She was a founding member of the groundbreaking Massachusetts Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. Pam also successfully raised funds and coordinated multiple social justice projects including Resist, Mobilization for Survival, and Women’s Pentagon Action.
The award-winning youth program, True Colors: OUT Youth Theater was founded by The Theater Offensive, New England’s premier LGBT theater company. The film is independently produced and The Theater Offensive is not financially involved in the making of the film.
Risks and challenges
At this point in our schedule, we are more than halfway through shooting. Filming is expensive, and then we will have long hours in the editing room to finance before we have a finished film. But our team is experienced. Ellen Brodsky is a seasoned documentary filmmaker with broadcast and festival successes, and we can assure you that the team she assembled has what it takes. We have great confidence that your investment in our work will result in a powerful film that will add to our collective understanding of LGBTQ youth.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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