UPDATE! We made the $25,000 goal!!!! Thank you everyone who's shared, or liked, or donated to us. It's been an amazing process and we're humbled and grateful. Of course, that doesn't mean we don't still need your support. Kickstarter an Amazon take about 10% of what we raise, and we'll probably be in the hole closer to 40K before this project is done. So please, if you still feel like backing the project, please do -- we may have made our Kickstarter goal, but we've got miles to go before we sleep. (But now we can at least nap!)
Chuck Holmes built a gay porn empire, then used that fortune to help fund the gay rights movement -- only to find that while his money was welcome, his association often wasn't.
"An extremely vivid documentary" - Michael Musto, Village Voice
With Falcon Studios, porn mogul Chuck Holmes changed the way gay men looked. Though the 80s and 90s, the Falcon style he propagated -- preppy, smooth, self-assured, blond -- was ours.
Chuck was gay porn's Hugh Hefner, a sauve charmer, a unrivaled businessman, a man with a taste for the finest things, be they Bentleys, boats or blonds, a man who never took no for an answer. But Chuck wanted to give back to the gay community that made him rich, only to find that while his money was welcome, his business was a liability.
Using his Falcon fortune, Chuck gave millions to organizations like the HRC, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, to politicians like Barney Frank and Bill Clinton, to the AIDS Memorial Grove. But despite the money and the philanthropy, Chuck himself never quite fit in himself. Though he was a prodigious philanthropist, he always feared that his 'dirty money' would be returned. And sometimes he was right.
We've got some great rewards for contributing to the project, including Falcon stickers, commemorative smut posters and vintage Falcon videos.
$5+ A sheet of four commemorative stickers!
$25+ a copy of SMUT CAPITAL OF AMERICA, our documentary short about the birth of the porn industry in the late 60s.
$50+ limited edition Seed Money t-shirt with the vintage 1980 Falcon logo!
And at higher levels, items like this signed, limited edition poster.
at $1000+, a producer credit on the movie!
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
For three years, we've shot interviews -- with Chuck's lovers, stars, fans and rivals -- but we've hit a financial wall. We need your help to us finance the final round of interviews, pay for footage rights and film transfers, legal fees and film editing so that we can take this to festivals and distributors next year. We've done this all without pay, but the expenses are too much for us to handle alone. We think this is an important part of gay history, and we need your help to complete it.
Falcon Creator Gets Doc! (Village Voice)
On Falcon's 40th Anniversary (AVN Magazine)
Chuck Holmes (1945 - 2000) (San Francisco Chronicle)
Check out our FAQ for more about Falcon, more about us, and why some random homosexuals are begging for your hard-earned currency.
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