WILD ABOUT HARRY: a movie for our (hopefully) changing times
WILD ABOUT HARRY: a movie for our (hopefully) changing times
What would you do if you thought your Dad might be "queer"!? That's what happened to me... in 1973.
What would you do if you thought your Dad might be "queer"!? That's what happened to me... in 1973. Read more
About this project
It's that kind of year. Just like President Nixon, Dad lies big time. I get my period. A strange man moves into the house and, oh yeah, Mom is dead. And, I am really worried that Dad might be “a queer".
Inspired by the invisible and taboo life that my sister and I faced growing up with our father and his male life partner, Wild About Harry tells the story of two teenage girls raised in a gay household in the 1970s, when the laws of the United States actually made it illegal for any gay person to raise a child.
Wild About Harry is both a coming of age tale and a multi-faceted love story.
It's the Fall of 1973. Sixteen-year-old Madeline Goodhart moves with her fourteen-year-old sister Daisy and recently widowed father Harry to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Everything seems fabulous in this idyllic beach community until one night Madeline and her high school friends sneak out to an underground disco where they see something that will change their lives forever.
You'll see this trailer in cinemas across the country if we meet our Stretch Goals! Coming soon to a theater near you!
Alternately funny and heartbreaking, Wild About Harry is a parallel love story, richly painted on a canvas of small town suspicion, traditional family values, and the rapidly changing sexual identity of America in an era of unrest.
Set in the popular tourist destination of Cape Cod, the movie presents the effects of the sexual revolution in an awe inspiring setting, and underscores a diverse view of class and family identity in New England.
Wild About Harry provides a snapshot of America at a crucial time: the early 70’s after the social upheaval of the 1960’s but before the halcyon days of the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Wild About Harry shows us, in dramatic narrative, how far society has come in acceptance of the definition of love and family, yet, how far we still have to go.
The movie is made with a killer ensemble cast:
- Susan Anspach (Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam)
- Johanna Braddy (Greek, Surf's Up)
- Suzan Crowley (The Devil Inside)
- Stacey Dash (Clueless, Renaissance Man)
- Tate Donovan (ARGO, Good Night and Good Luck, Damages)
- Jordan-Claire Green (School of Rock)
- Adam Pascal (RENT, School of Rock)
- Josh Peck (The Wackness, Drake & Josh, Mean Creek)
- Skye McCole-Bartusiak (24, Boogeyman)
- Anne Ramsay (Planet of the Apes, A League of Their Own)
- Danielle Savre (MTV's Kaya, Heroes)
- Corey Sevier (Surf School, North Shore)
- James B. Sikking (Ordinary People, Hill Street Blues)
The film also has the talent and skills of the best designers and artists in the film industry today.
Now we need to "come out" to the world!
We are currently gearing up to distribute Wild About Harry. The more support we receive from you, the wider the release we can have for the film. The future of Wild About Harry depends on you!
We have secured Freestyle Releasing who allow us as filmmakers to shape the message we release to the public.
Freestyle Releasing "is a full service theatrical motion picture company that specializes in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios on a "service deal" basis for the purpose of exhibiting their films in a first class theatrical release."
Our current goal of $50,000 is the MINIMUM we need to raise to get our film DISTRIBUTION READY.
Kickstarter is All or Nothing and that is why we have set our first goal at $50,000. We have to raise that money first or we get nothing. Yikes!
But the sky is really the limit and thanks to you we'll be able to release the movie digitally and in movie theaters across the country!
OUR STORY MATTERS
One of the ways that we can effectively reinforce change is by sharing our stories – ones that can take us on an emotional and truthful journey. Movies have great power.
Are there other ways to help?
Yes! You can help spread the word:
Please also share this page and link with your family, friends, and colleagues. Thank you for reading!
We would like to thank our Community Outreach Partners -- notable and prominent national and community-based organizations advancing the common cause and message of our film -- for helping to spread awareness of our project!
A sample design of our Novelty Family Paper Doll Set which includes Mr. Gibbs, Harry, Madeline and Daisy paper dolls. Final design and colors may vary from preview samples. Cape Cod Films watermark will be removed on final product.
Wild About Harry Pop Art Pin Button Set includes five 2.25" buttons:
- "Madeline" (DANIELLE SAVRE) in black/white
- "Daisy" (SKYE McCOLE BARTUSIAK) in blue
- "Mr. Gibbs" (ADAM PASCAL) in purple
- "I Am a Man in Love" quote from "Harry" (TATE DONOVAN)
- "Family is Family...No Matter What" quote from "Spoke" (JOSH PECK)
Final design and colors may vary slightly from preview samples.
Our WILD PACKAGE consists of:
- (1) an online "Thank You" acknowledgment on our Facebook page and Official Website (valued at the $5 level reward)
- (2) video copies of Adam Pascal singing "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Some Enchanted Evening" with James Sikking (valued at the $25 level reward)
- (3) a digital copy of the complete film upon domestic release (valued at the $45 level reward)
- (4) a video copy of the film's opening animation sequence by Jay Jackson (valued at the $55 level reward)
- (5) a digital copy of our lined production script (valued at the $75 level reward)
This package is included with every reward level above $75.
Stationary Notecards: One collection of your choice.
*Plush toys do not come as a set.
*Does not come as a set.
Risks and challenges
PARTING THOUGHTS | EXPERIENCE | ACHILLES HEEL
I've made a movie the hard way, independently and from scratch. And, as Tennessee Williams would say, "I have relied" -- abundantly -- "upon the kindness of strangers." And, I must mention, there is no way I could have made this movie if it wasn't for MY INCREDIBLE FRIENDS! (Who will be feted, wined, dined, danced with for eternity.)
I started writing the screenplay in the mid-90s, when I was told it was commercial suicide to tell a story about a gay dad and a teenaged daughter... especially from the girl's point of view. Add to it that I wanted to direct the movie and I was told it was too much of a risk, too big a challenge.
I persevered and wrote the script anyway. I raised the funding to make the movie and then directed it.
The entire process has been a tremendous gift. I've met the most remarkable people: generous and fearless actors, selfless backers and donors, filmmakers, enthusiastic and supportive agents, devoted producers, and welcoming audiences.
I am PERSEVERING IN GREAT HOPE so that...more people -- thousands, millions, bajillions (a 'Daisy' word) -- see this movie. If there are more hurdles and more walls ahead, I will leap over them or find another way around them, as I always have.
I don't want to see another generation suffer the way my father and Mr. Phipps did. And, I don't want to see another generation of kids caught in a corrosive rip tide of moral superiority and damning words. It hurts big time.
This is all to say, that as optimistic and hopeful as I am, there is always something from left field that will come careening at the speed of light -- and in our blind spot -- to knock us over - senseless. It has happened many times to this project. And, to the credit of the benefactors they have been true angels in the patience department.
I have to admit that I don't know what I don't know.
I didn't know the Great Recession starting in 2007 would happen and that the Movie Distribution system would change so radically that it would be unrecognizable to everyone in the industry. Indeed, we're all still grappling with it.
So, I turn over all my faith and artistic soul in your hands. I am sure you now understand the vagaries of this business and of life.
But you can be assured that I won't give up.
God bless the power of friends, and belief in Hope and the Independent Artistic Spirit!
- Gwen Wynne, DirectorLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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