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Jenn and Matt, best friends since college, decide to have a child together, by having sex—even though Matt is gay and Jenn is straight.

WE’RE HAVING A GAYBY!

Your digital presence is requested at our online GAYBY SHOWER! 

Help us celebrate the birth of our new GAYBY by selecting a gift from our registry-mixtape listed at the right of this page. 

It costs a lot to raise a GAYBY! If you are a mother or if you’ve ever had one, we encourage you to join in the festivities. No gift is too small or too big! In return for your gift, we’ll be eternally grateful and also send you a musical party favor.

OK, enough of that. Here's the deal:

GAYBY, the feature version of the award-winning short film GAYBY that has played at over a hundred film festivals worldwide, is going into production this August. We are seeking funds. Please help if you can. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Making an independent film in New York City in the current climate is definitely a challenge, but it is one we are thrilled to take on. Everything here is expensive, but we love our city and can't imagine telling this story anywhere else. With that in mind we are asking for your help and support.

What are we going to use your money for?  Well, they say comedy is all about ... ... timing ... wait ... no ... timing.  What we require to make our film truly soar is the best editorial and post-production services we can manage on our budget. We have enough to make our film, but we will need a bit more in order to finish the project in a way that will look and feel as great as we know it can.

We truly cherish any contribution you are willing to make for us. In keeping with our song-title prize theme we have:

GAYBY IT'S YOU! - Give any amount and you'll get bi-weekly, bi-friendly project updates from the creative team. They may come more often, but we wanted to say bi twice.

If you don’t want a prize at all we have another option: 

IT’S ALL OVER NOW, GAYBY BLUE! - If you would like to contribute purely because you’re awesome, then you should get a tax write off. So please go directly to our Fractured Atlas page and donate there. Link here: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=4751 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Lisecki and the production team of GAYBY

A synopsis of GAYBY:

Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their 30s. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t seem to get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise and have a baby together… the old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they prepare for parenthood by trying to get their careers and dating lives back on track? GAYBY is an irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you choose.

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    LOVE TO LOVE YOU GAYBY! - You’ll receive a private link to the short film GAYBY, which has played in over a hundred film festivals and won a spinning baby-mobile full of awards. Find out why!

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    GAYBY GOT BACK! - The above, PLUS a private link to Jonathan Lisecki’s first short, WOMAN IN BURKA, which features such gaybies as Sarita Choudhury, Catherine Kellner, Zeke Farrow, Samantha Buck, Annie Parisse, Debra Eisenstadt, Sam Rockwell, and Kerry Washington.

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    HIT ME GAYBY ONE MORE TIME! - All of the above, PLUS the Fest Selects Best Gay Shorts DVD, featuring the GAYBY short amidst a gaggle of glittery gay mini-epics. It can and will be signed by your favorite Gayby. Is it Jenn Harris? Is it Matt Wilkas? Is it Jonathayby? Is it all three? You decide!

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    ALL THAT SHE WANTS IS ANOTHER GAYBY! - All of the above, PLUS the Wholphin No. 12 DVD, featuring WOMAN IN BURKA and eleven other short cinematic tours-de-force. Wholphin is put out by McSweeney’s and curated by intelligent, good-looking people who have excellent taste. And it’s the prettiest of objets d'art.

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    GAYBY’s ON FIRE! - While Gayby’s busy extinguishing that with ICE ICE GAYBY, you’ll have to pick your own $350 present. Option 1: YOU GOT THE CUTEST LITTLE GAYBY FACE - Stay smooth with a facial at Tribeca Skin Center, a GAYBY feature location.

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    Option 3: I SEE YOU GAYBY, SHAKIN' THAT ASS - Stay supple and centered with a month of free yoga, movement, and mediation at Sacred in Brooklyn, NY, a GAYBY feature location. They have pole dancing!

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    Option 2: STEPPIN’ OUT WITH MY GAYBY! - Two tickets to the GAYBY NYC or LA premiere! Or Austin. Or Chicago. Or Miami. Or San Francisco. Or whichever city we screen that is closest to your own crib. Help us celebrate GAYBY in person!

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    GAYBY'S GOT A TEMPER! - Moody Gayby needs you to pick your own present again. Option 1: STEP INTO MY OFFICE, GAYBY! - Have a 30 minute meeting with producers Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell. Not in NYC? GAYBY DON'T FORGET MY NUMBER, and meet via Skype or phone. They're birthing GAYBY. Can they give you the advice that makes your own filmic baby coo? Find out!

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    Option 2: GAYBY GOES OPERA QUEEN! - We can’t think of an opera with Gayby in the title. But we can gift you an iPod Nano filled with classical and operatic selections curated by Jonathan Lisecki’s slightly well known music-critic husband, Alex Ross.

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    GAYBY, I'M A STAR! - An EXTRA Special THANK YOU! One gift from each level above and you can be an extra in GAYBY! You must commit funds by 8/6/11. We start shooting the next day. And/or an EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS in the closing credits of the film.

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    YOU JUST HAVEN'T EARNED IT YET GAYBY! - One gift from each level above, PLUS an Associate Producer credit. Be a producer without having to do any of the grunt work. We love producing, but some days it’s about as easy as climbing Mount Everest in flip-flops. So let us do the work and you share the credit. GAYBY is all about sharing.

Funding period

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