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In this scrappy coming-of-age comedy, a down on his luck Brooklyn babysitter unexpectedly befriends a sex worker.
In this scrappy coming-of-age comedy, a down on his luck Brooklyn babysitter unexpectedly befriends a man in full leather.
In this scrappy coming-of-age comedy, a down on his luck Brooklyn babysitter unexpectedly befriends a man in full leather.
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Their brief but intense friendship changes both of their perspectives on life, love and confetti cupcakes.

RECENT PRESS

+Queer Film Cubby Sparks Controversy Before It's Even Released (Huffington Post Gay Voices, Shawn Binder Monday, 9/29/14)

Click me to read me!
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+FEAST OF FUN (#1 GAY PODCAST) Interview w/ MARK!"Adventures in Babysitting" (35,000+ views!) 

For more, go to CubbyFilm HQ.

'You can never be too late for a coming of age story.' 

- Christine Blane, mother of CUBBY screenwriter/actor, Mark Blane

SYNOPSIS | Mark takes care of children. But when he embarks on an unlikely friendship with a stranger, he loses track of who’s taking care of whom.

This neurotic gay babysitter is Cubby's anti-hero. He sleeps on a mattress on the floor, shares a room with a stranger, and thinks he can survive on electrolytes from sugary energy drinks. With Type 1 diabetes and a habit of shoving money in his socks, you could say he is a complicated guy. As Mark is constantly mistaken as a father and takes advantage of this unwarranted attention, his personality & confidence overflow with the children he watches.

When Mark is saved by the mysterious leather-clad Diego after a diabetic spell in a park, he discovers his rescuer's line of fetish & bondage work. Diego eventually confesses his current situation, and Mark offers up his dilapidated abode. Diego's recent altercation with his sugar daddy has Mark consumed with fascination. Both the babysitter and the leatherman will be changed - but will they also start to unravel?

Not the actual film. This is test photography/film footage by Alex Pines.
Not the actual film. This is test photography/film footage by Alex Pines.

WHY | We're passionate filmmakers collaborating to produce the highest quality feature-length film to push the boundaries of queer cinema, LGBT storytelling, and independent film. We are inspired by the strangeness of Lars and The Real Girl and the heartfelt charm of Mike Mills’ Beginners...that aesthetic is what we set out for Cubby! We hope if you're interested in this emotional & enthralling narrative, you'll pledge to see the final product come to fruition!

THE REALISTIC BUDGET | Normally, micro-budget features cost around $250,000. We're asking for $90,000 which is the bare minimum when it comes down to renting the right equipment, paying our crew, securing locations, feeding ourselves PB&J's everyday, and having an editor make the final cut. This Kickstarter goal will get us well on our way.

Example of a 12-Hour Shoot Day in a Brooklyn Home (not every day is the same, but you get the gist...it's expensive:

  • $1,000 Location Fee
  • $2,600 Equipment Rental, Lighting
  • $3,280 Fees for Crew Members
  • $550 Hair/Make-Up
  • $1,000 Wardobe, Production Design
  • $200 Craft Services
  • $200 Transportation for Talent, Equipment, Parking
    Total: $8,830


BASED ON A TRUE STORY |
 The CUBBY plot was born in 2012 when Mark Blane was accused of "gay-kidnapping" two young brothers in a Chicago grocery store while he was babysitting. As a male caretaker, hilarity and chaos has ensued ever since. The character of Diego was inspired when Mark began interviewing people in the fetish community. He met a very passionate person who advocates for safe and consensual practices across the world. That expert on BDSM subculture happened to be the actor, Christian Patrick.  

PRODUCTION DESIGN 

SUPPORTING ROLES | There are so many other characters in the world of this film, including a gospel singer in Brooklyn, the Park Slope mother, and the romantic interest of Mark who is a young man in the neighborhood book club. We’re excited to share more with you about these characters and the actors as the campaign continues.

ON LOCATION 

Back us, part of our budget goes to our location fees!
Back us, part of our budget goes to our location fees!

THE TEAM

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Mark Blane is a writer and actor based in Brooklyn, NY, with previous stage plays produced in London, Chicago, & Scotland. His acclaimed 2012 book/play/movement "The Rock & The Ripe" focussed on forgotten queer teen suicides. The project went viral internationally and attracted Kickstarter donations and hundreds of thousands of shares via Facebook, YouTube, and queer blogs.  Antony Penrose calls Blane’s work “courageous and strangely moving” and The Skinny, Scotland says he “suffuses energy with satirical sparkle.” Blane currently freelances and writes concepts/scripts for fashion & TV shorts incl Stuart Weitzman & Max Mara. Mark's work can be seen here.
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Christian Patrick | 'Diego'
Christian is an actor and writer residing in Manhattan. Before film, Christian studied Nuclear Physics in the Navy. His latest film role was in the James Franco/Travis Mathews collaboration, “Interior. Leather Bar.” which screened at Sundance and Berlinale in 2013. Christian is also featured in Franco's Gucci art film “La Passione” and Jake Robbin’s film “Hustler." Between projects, he travels the world consulting and teaching classes on alternative sexuality, fetish, and BDSM subculture. Mr. Patrick’s journey has spanned from investment banking to dumpster diving on Oprah to translating for acclaimed film director Gaspar Noé  and producing a video for Wu-Tang Clan. 
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Alex Pines | Art Photography
Alex Pines is a photographer, and 3D Projection artist living and working in New York. She’s toured with dance companies and artists nationally and internationally, including Shen Wei Dance Arts, who performed at the 2008 Beijing Opening Ceremonies. In the 2012, she placed 3rd in the Hearst Journalism Awards in the Multimedia category and 9th in 2011. In 2012, she took part in re-opening the historical Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York where she projection mapped the venue interior and designed visuals for a multitude of bands, including My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Iron and Wine, and The Rascals. Alex is a regular contributor for Rolling Stone Magazine. Some of her recent projects feature Mr. Met & J. Cole. View her website here.

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Fenell Doremus | Consulting Producer
Doremus is a film producer working in Chicago & New York. She began her career as an Assistant Editor on the award-winning Hoop Dreams. She went on to serve as staff Producer at Kartemquin Films for the next eight years. While at Kartmequin, Doremus was Segment Producer and a Segment Editor (Palestinian story) of The New AmericansHailed as "Totally engrossing...filled with many unexpected riches..." by The New York Times, the series was nationally broadcast on PBS in 2004 and won multiple awards at festivals worldwide. She has Produced and Edited segments for the Emmy Award winning regional PBS series ArtBeat. In 2001 ArtBeat aired a show devoted entirely to A Year On Teen Street, her documentary following a teen theater group for a year. She has worked as field producer and coordinating producer for Hedrick Smith Productions (PBS series Seeking Solutions), Kartemquin Films (5 Girls, 2001 PBS), and The Kindling Group (The Calling, 2011 PBS). 
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REWARDS
Sailing Trip with Christian ...or the 11x17 poster...or a picnic with Mark! Or a Rope Bondage Class! Pick your pleasure!

 WRITER'S STATEMENT |

...I don't want to wait 10 more years to produce my film so that all my creative liberties will be taken away, and they'll cast some supermodel to portray the underdog. The time is now and it’s relevant now. Cubby is cross-generational, tender, funny, and definitely even cringeworthy. The character of the babysitter is important because he suffers from PTSD and it stems from his early childhood experiences of coming out and being tormented. This part of the screenplay is based on my own personal experiences.

I love the concept of a CUBBY: where children put their lunch and backpacks at school. It’s like a locker, except completely exposed. Vulnerable to be seen or taken, but there's trust, and it has to do with age and how children view the world. Also, a cubby is a play on the word, 'cub' which can be a label for a certain type of gay man. We, as adults, want to keep putting everything into categories, keeping order. I think these two Cubby meanings have opposite energy and I find myself always comparing and dissecting them.

Kickstarter allows us to reach people across the world now, TODAY. In the end, I want to see more stories about young queer people my age on screen. And this story follows a dramatic friendship that spins out of control into a fast-paced finish that will leave audiences feeling all sorts of emotions…hope being at the forefront.”

-Mark Blane

Photography by Alex Pines 
Music in Video Composed by Isaac Tetenbaum

For more information, please email
press@cubbyfilm.com 
or visit,
CubbyFilm.com

Risks and challenges

TIME. TIME. TIME.
Timing will be everything. Things might change on our timeline, so bear(pun!) with us & we will keep you up to date via Updates & Social Media. Because locations become unavailable, equipment needs might change...making a film is crazy. But we're lucky to have the professional and technical support of our film, crew, and production team to handle all of the kinks(pun again).

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    A SIGNED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH of CHRISTIAN PATRICK from the production of Cubby. He's a dream boat (and he owns a boat) so naturally, this is a sizzling prize. +All of the above.

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    1-on-1 COFFEE DATE w/ CUBBY writer/actor, MARK BLANE. Come to *Brooklyn & join Mark at his favorite coffee shop. Ask Mark questions, giggle & converse, & let him treat you to a delicious donut or croissant and a bevie. +Rewards #1-4 *(If not in NY, we can skype it!)

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    SPECIAL SCREENING in NY: Tickets to a special screening of CUBBY in Brooklyn at a top-secret venue w/ cast and crew. A celebration for just the people involved. Plus 11x17 Official Cubby Film Poster & Rewards #1-4.

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    PICNIC w/ MARK in PROSPECT PARK. Join Mark for brown-paper bagged picnic lunch. He'll bring the food & blankets! Also, a HAND-DRAWN portrait by our child actor. Pre-send us your photo, & we'll have a beautiful handdrawn Wax-Crayoned representation for you.
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    A BEGINNERS ROPE KNOT TYING & BONDAGE CLASS in NYC taught by CHRISTIAN PATRICK. Christian has performed at BDSM/Fetish fairs and events around the world. You will learn the tricks of the trade. Yes, we know you did a google search. But remember this is a workshop for you to learn from a professional. The course is 2 hours. (Must provide transportation/travel to NYC.)

    Note: 18+ only. No drugs or alcohol allowed. There will be no sexual or illegal activity. Don't ruin it for everyone else.

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    JOIN US AT THE CLUB! Come join us on our Brooklyn set to view the filming of one of the most exciting scenes in the film: THE GAY CLUB! It's funny, it's sexy, it's going to be so epic. Watch us film & hangout with the cast in-between takes. +11x17 poster, the film score & your name in the credits!

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    (MINI TRIP) SAIL THE OPEN SEAS (A SAILING TRIP w/ Christian Patrick & Mark Blane on Mr. Patrick's boat, Trouble No More.) You must provide your own travel to/from the location of where the boat is located (may be in Mexico or somewhere in the Caribbean). *You will be sleeping on a boat for 4 days! (As opposed to the 10K ten-day sailing trip!)

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