'tell me all' follows the relationship between Jay, a closeted high school graduate, and Hunter, his best friend. As the summer before college comes to an end they look back together on their memories of high school, and we see the joy of their shared experiences as well as the pain Jay carries with him as a result of hiding his sexuality. On their last night together, Jay tries to find the right words to not only come out, but explain that his feelings for Hunter go beyond friendship.
‘tell me all’ is a deeply personal exploration of the nuances of being gay in high school. Growing up in the closet, I always found myself looking for validation, something to confirm that my experience was part of something bigger. This film serves fellow LGBT youth who might also be looking for a moment of empathy and recognition; my biggest goal is to create something I wish I could’ve seen when I was in high school. Though it is primarily an LGBT story, it also serves as an example of Asian representation both behind and in front of the camera. Through the perspective of a teenager during the fleeting summer before college, I hope to combine the unique experience of of coming out with the universal ideas of missed moments and regret.
Writer/Director: Jeremy Truong is a San Francisco transplant working as a producer in New York. Attracted to films with powerful themes, Jeremy's directing style is very true to life and focused on impactful, resonating moments. Jeremy has produced work with content and VFX powerhouse The Mill+, BuzzFeed, and handles press coverage at top tier film festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, and the New York Film Festival.
Producer: Owen Lazur is a recent graduate from Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration on directing and producing. He has worked for Martin Scorsese's production company and most recently has been working in production on commercial narratives & branded content.
Producer: Jonas Berry is a director/producer based in NYC with a background in music and composition. He currently works at Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music.
Director of Photography: Alex Hass is an award winning cinematographer whose work has premiered at Sundance Film Festival and screened at Festival de Cannes. He shoots mostly commercial narratives for his self-owned production company in NYC. Check out his reel by clicking the photo caption.
Production Designer: Production Designer: Maya Hirota is a production designer finishing her studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. As a San Francisco native and Asian-American filmmaker, she is an integral voice in the narrative of this project.
Editor: Sylvan Gu is an editor and designer in NYC. During the day, he works as a designer at Lippincott, a brand and creative consultancy. His work can be seen by clicking the caption above.
We've already raised over half of our budget through the help of the Panavision New Filmmaker Program, NYU's financial allotment and grants/private donations, but we need your help to reach this project's full potential. The funds that we are raising through Kickstarter will allow us to fly out our crew of talented NYU graduates as well as ensure that we are able to shoot in the most ideal locations. Most importantly, your donations will allow us to feed and lodge our hard-working crew who are lending their time and talent to this project for free.
Many coming of age films about LGBT youth portray the gay experience as a journey of coming out, as if coming out is the biggest way being gay affects life. Tell Me All attempts to depict the gay experience more broadly, by focusing on the way being in the closet affects social relationships and day-to-day life.
Dating, sports, prom, friendships are all common and seemingly uncomplicated social situations that most high schoolers encounter, but for a closeted teen they become much more complex. Tell Me All gives audiences a window into the experience of being gay in high school by focusing on the way being closeted impacts every social interaction and every relationship a teenager has.
Every single donation and share of this page directly impacts the success of this film. I appreciate you taking the time to check out this page and to hop on this journey with me. This is such a deeply personal, impactful story that resonates with a large community of people regardless of sexuality or background. With this story, I hope to bridge the gap between Asian representation in film as well as shed a light for LGBT youth across the world.
Risks and challenges
A few challenges we have are working out the permits with the SF Parks and Recreation department since an integral part of the scene takes place at night.
We have been in constant contact with a representative and are working to find alternative locations all across the bay area for safety.
In addition, the logistical challenge of flying and housing over 15 cast and crew members in San Francisco is a task in and of itself. Our production team has worked tirelessly to make the transition from east to west coast as smooth and efficient as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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